Naqvi’s Talent Show

February 26 2017

With the elections rolling out in five states, some of the sharp ministers in the Modi government have made it a point to project the work their ministries have done. Among them is the minister for minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. In the campus of his Kharak Singh Marg office, Naqvi has organised a ‘Hunar Haat’, or talent fete. And it is not just the artisans and craftsmen who are showing off their talents. A whole lot of cooks from the community from across the country are dishing out their choice food items, with the rider that they will use neither beef, nor pork in their cuisine. The two-week festival was punctuated by MahaShivratri, and for good measure, Naqvi summoned the leaders of the nearly two dozen food stalls and told them on that day, they will serve only pure vegetarian food. And not just that, for those in vrat they were told to prepare special ‘vrat thalies’. Naqvi now plans to take this festival on an all-India tour. Besides, the minister plans to organise a shayari and ghazal evening at the iconic Purana Qila and will name it ‘Sada-e-Sadbhav’, to showcase the long history of communal harmony in the country.

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