The International Society For Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has invited newly-elected Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP and actor Nusrat Jahan as a special guest at the inauguration ceremony of the Kolkata ISKCON Rathayatra on Thursday.
The ISKCON had chosen to invite actor-turned-politician as her stand on religion and inclusiveness is “in sync” with the ISKCON’s spirit of “social harmony”.
Reportedly, TMC MP Nusrat Jahan has accepted the invitation of the ISKCON and expressed her pleasure to be associated with the inclusive event. “My thought process of respecting all religions will not change,” said the Basirhat MP.
In a video released on Monday evening, the actor also congratulated ISKCON for organising the Ratha yatra and asked the residents of the city to join her at the inauguration and be with her through the celebrations.
— Nusrat (@nusratchirps) July 2, 2019
The 48th edition of the Ratha yatra organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) since 1971, will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Radharamn Das, General Manager and Spokesperson of Kolkata ISKCON thanked Nusrat Jahan for accepting the invitation. “You are really showing the road forward. Respecting and caring for what other believes and participating in others festivities & celebrations is a sure way to achieve that elusive social harmony,” said Das.
“Iskcon Kolkata Rathayatra is an example of that social harmony where the Lord’s chariots are also built by our Muslim brothers. Some of the most beautiful Lords dresses are also made by our Muslim brothers & they are doing it for decades in some of our temples,” tweeted Radharamn Das.
Nusrat Jahan who had received severe backlash from Islamists and other hardline Muslim clerics for wearing sindoor and mangalsutra to the Parliament while taking her oath had hit back to those clerics stating that she represented an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion. “I still remain a Muslim and none should comment on what I choose to wear. Faith is beyond attire and is more about believing and practising the invaluable doctrines of all religions,” said Jahan.