Tension has gripped Sarisha of District South 24 Parganas of West Bengal where a band of Muslims tried to usurp land belonging to the Ramakrishna Mission. A video of a monk of the order pleading the religio-cultural centre’s case with the hoodlums has gone viral on social media.
Some Muslim miscreants tried to occupy the land of the Sarisha Ramakrishna Mission. Sources said that the miscreants tried to occupy the land in front of the RK Mission centre.
When the maharaj (as monks of RK Mission are referred to locally) intervened, the Muslims abused him, hurling at him the choicest of expletives. They heckled and pushed the mon around. The maharaj, however, only pleaded with the miscreants to stop their illegal construction work on the mission land.
The following video of this attempt of land grab has gone viral. Despite objections of the mission, the Muslims continue to occupy the land and are persisting with the construction work. It remains to be seen whether the police administration takes any action in this regard in the state that is voting and, thus, keeping the men in uniform busy in manning the booths.
Along with love jihad, West Bengal is witnessing land jihad in villages and small towns.
The Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama of Sarisha, situated at about 28 km south of Kolkata on the Kolkata-Diamond Harbour Road, is an institution that received recognition of the Ramakrishna Mission Belur Math, Howrah headquarters in 1921. It plays a significant role in the development and empowerment in educational sphere.
Started in 1917 as a meeting place for religious minded people and centre for serving, distributing help to the needy, the centre was almost defunct in 1920 after the death of chief organiser Nalini Ranjan Mazumdar. It was revived and put on a working basis with the advent of Swami Ganeshananda on the scene. He received the blessings of his guru Swami Brahmananda, a direct disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa.
The institution had begun with a school for girls — at a time in Bengal when women were still not considered men’s equal — imparting education on the most modern lines, including physical exercise, and open air activities, which were unthinkable for girls of that period, particularly in a rural area.