EID: JOY AND DESPAIR
The festival of Eid was celebrated with pomp and splendour across the Nadia district on Tuesday. In Krishnanagar for the first time women took part in a public congregation to offer the prayer at a mosque in Chandsarakpara. The homemakers were never seen before taking part in such public prayer as they usually remained busy preparing special foods for this auspicious festive day. However, this year it turned to be an exception. Champa Biwi said: "It is really a great experience. I am thankful to the local youths who took the initiative for arranging the public prayer for the women". While in Krishnanagar and most other parts of the district, the people passed the day in festive mood, it was sombre scene at Panditpur area of Karimpur where the members of the Students' Islamic Organisation (SIO) observed the day condemning the attack by Israel on Gaza strip in Palestine. The SIO members arranged road show depicting the bizarre killing of hundreds of children in Gaza by Israel that marred the festival. PICTURES BY PRANAB DEBNATH & MOKTER HUSSAIN.