A Muslim teacher who belongs to Banerhat, a town in Dooars in north Bengal’s Jalpaiguri region, shaves his head and mustache to perform the last customs of a former Hindu friend. The dead— Sanjan Kumar Biswas — is has by three girls.

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Ashfaque Ahmed, his wife and nine-year-old son observed a mourn  (Oshouch) for 11 days, which is a custom done by the dead family in Hindu community.

Ahmed then hired a priest to play out the last rituals of Biswas, a former teacher of Banerhat High School, where he taught till his retirement in 2005. Ahmed still teaches  at the school.

Ahmed, who considered Biswas his mentor and guide, had gotten the support of the Biswas when he was appointed as English teacher at the school in 1999.

“The school was praising its golden jubilee. I was appointed that year. There were many who were against my appointment because of my religion. But, Biswas standed by me. He said me to ignore them and even
given me a chance to live at his place for a couple of days till I got my own accomodation. He had faith in humankind, not religion. That is the lesson that I learnt from him,” Ahmed reviewed.

The way that Ahmed’s own dad was alive in Murshidabad’s Kandi did not come in the way method for his choice. He says he was supported by his wife and child, who additionally adored Biswas.

“I am a liberal man and it’s all because of Biswas sir. I always say that I have three fathers: my biological father, my teacher and Biswas. I am grateful to him for the liberal thoughts,” he added.

Ahmed, who performed out the last rituals on Sunday after shaving his head on the banks of Diana river, doesn’t bothers what people say. “I have done what I needed to do. What’s more, I have done it for the people who deserved respect,” said Ahmed.

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