In the rising times of divisiveness, the remote corner of Malda which is the poorest and notorious districts of the country; easily stands out as a perfect example of unorchestrated harmony between communities.
A bunch of Muslim youths took the dead body of Biswajit Rajak (age 35); a Hindu who died on Monday. The group of Muslims took the body to the crematorium and even chanted the name of Hari (which is equal to Ram Naam Satya Hai) exactly following the Hindu tradition.
They bagged the dead boy on their shoulders for a distance of 3 km and performed all the traditional Hindu rituals including the consigning the ashes to the nearby river. Not only that, they even took a dip in the river after the cremation.
The family of Rajak is too poor that couldn’t pay the charges of the crematorium and associated charges.
This incident took place in the Sheikhpura village of Manikchak block in Malda district. Malda is present 350 km away from Kolkata.
The Hindu youth was suffering from Liver cancer and died at his home on Monday. But, when the family couldn’t arrange money for his cremation on Tuesday, the neighbors gathered at his house and requested Biswajit’s father Nagen Rajak to allow them for the cremation.
The Muslim neighbors paid the money necessary for his last rites. However, the Rajaks are one of the two Hindu families in the village of about 6,000 residents.
Malda is located on the India-Bangladesh border. Not only, it’s the most backward and poorest country in the districts of Bengal, but also is infamous all over the country for the hub of fake currency notes illegal poppy cultivation.
“Neither I had the money nor manpower to carry out the last rites of my son. I couldn’t imagine what would have happened if the villagers haven’t come forward for my son cremation,” said Nagen Rajak, father of Biswajit Rajak.
“Biswajit was like a brother for us. Allah wouldn’t have forgiven us if we have looked the other way thinking that the family follows some other religion,” said Haji Abdul Khalek, who took the lead in arranging the last rites.
Moreover, the Muslim neighbors of Rajak too paid money for his treatment and also arranged to send him to Kolkata.
Apart from his father, Rajak is survived by the wife and three daughters.