Reformist Bohra community members will start off celebrations for completion of 50 years of their reform movement from tomorrow. The celebrations will start tomorrow and will last for a period of 2 years culminating in 2020.
The golden jubilee celeration will start tomorrow i.e. 29-Apr-2018 with a symposium at RNT Medical college auditorium. The Chief Guest for the event is Mani Shankar Aiyar, former Indian Diplomat and ex-cabinet minister. The Guests of Honour for event are Vibhuti Narain Rai (Litterateur, EX-DGP, UP, Ex-VC Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtriya Hindi Vishwavidhyalaya), Suhasini Ali (President, All India Democratic Women’s Association and former MP from Kanpur) and Hasan Ali (Popular Indian Lyricist and Song Writer). The programme will be presided over by Abid Adeeb, Patron, Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community (CBDBC). Programme will start at 9:00 am.
Mansoor Ali, Chairperson, CBDBC informed that the movement has been running since 1970. The reformist movement was started in 1970 against the social, economical and political atrocities that were being meted out in name of religion. The initial protest against these atrocities found widespread support resulting into a movement which then took shape of the reformist Bohra community. He said that objective of this movement is to set the community free from these fraudulent practices in name of religion.
Irfan Ali Engineer, CBDBC, Abbas Ali Nath, President Dawoodi Bohra Jamaat & Rehana Germanwala also shared their views with reporters. The community members said that they felt proud on starting off the golden jubilee celebrations and it gives them belief about the strength of their movement.
Gazanfar Ali Okasa informed that the celebrations will start off from 29-Apr-2018 and culminate with the World Conference in March 2020. During this period symposiums will be held in Udaipur and other cities to discuss the history and way-forward for the reformist movement.
Sharing programme details, Akthar Hussain Bohra informed that a two-wheeler rally will start from the Jamaat Office at Bohrawadi at 7:30am on 29-Apr. This rally will pass through various routes and finally reach at RNT Medical College Auditorium at 9:00 am.