Darjeeling: People in the hill district of Darjeeling in West Bengal have always celebrated the strongest of bonds among its people. Widely referred to as the 'Darjeeling spirit’, people here have lived in absolute harmony with each other irrespective of their religion, race, sex or language.
The touching story of a Muslim man donating blood to a Hindu child on Christmas, a Christian festival, and assisted by a Buddhist nurse has once again exemplified this undying spirit of Darjeeling.
On Tuesday, three-year-old Ingso Subba was admitted to the Darjeeling District Hospital for his monthly blood transfusion. He suffers from a rare genetic blood disorder called ‘Diamond-Blackfan Syndrome', a type of anaemia.
After three blood donors were rejected on various grounds, Pinki Bishwakarma, the president of Namaste Foundation, an NGO, reached out to the locals by putting up a post on social media requesting people with AB+ blood group to donate blood on an urgent basis.
The post was seen by a Good Samaritan, Mustaque Ahmed, who came forward to donate blood after reading the post.
He came, donated quietly, and left without asking for anything. The nurse, who helped in the blood transfusion, later turned out to be a Buddhist woman by faith.
There cannot be a better example of India's secularism and pluralist nature than this. Ahmed quietly played Santa to Ingso on Christmas, and gave him the biggest gift of his life.