Just a few days before Bakri Eid in September, the members of a group named Nav Vichar Andolan decided to float the idea of doing something unique for the society.
Hence, on the WhatsApp, a message was sent to all the members urging them to curtail their expenditures on Bakri Eid by some amount and share the amount for a cause.
The message got a great response.
Within few days, people started sharing an amount as per their budget.
“People spend thousands of rupees on buying a ‘bakra’. Besides, they also buy new clothes etc. We urged them to give a miss to some items. For instance, a ‘bakra’ is available between Rs 5,000 to 50,000. One can settle with something in-between also and use the same amount for someone needy,” said Allauddin Sheikh, one of the key members of the group that has nearly 35 members, including 12 Muslims.
The members are from various parts of Maharashtra, including Pune.
While the amount collected was nearly Rs 30,000, the group hoped to collect some more amount before passing on to a needy individual or organisation.
“The amount touched Rs 41,000 recently. Though we could have waited for some more time to collect more amount, we realised it is now that the farmers need the amount and any kind of help,” Sheikh said, adding that on April 18, the group went to Satara and donated the amount to actor Sayaji Shinde who works for five villages in Satara district – Pandharwadi, Kolewadi, Godsewadi, Diwadi and Jadhavwadi.
“He said the amount would be used for tree plantation and water conservation purposes. We have promised him to come and help in terms of manpower requirement in tree plantation activities. We are living in an environment today where there are clashes on the name of Hindu-Muslim religions every now and then. Thus we decided to do something that can work as a small step towards unity and instill mutual faith,” Sheikh said.