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The Year That Was: 2007
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Despair and Hope

Cry, my country

December 03, 2007

1957. Hossainur Rahman falls in love with Purnima's melodious voice. Her sweet renditions of Rabindranath Tagore's songs strike a chord in Hosenur's heart and the two decide to marry.

Their decision is considered blasphemous, but Hosenur's family shows both tolerance and understanding. Problems arise, but they are few.

Recalling the incident 50 years later, Rahman, now a professor of history and social activist working towards Hindu-Muslim unity, says, "Perhaps, my parents wanted to create some hindrance but because of my elder sister's intervention, no one could do anything."

"As for Purnima's parents, her father launched a non-cooperation movement for 15-odd days, after which he himself came to my home and accepted me as his son-in-law.

Neither Hosenur's nor Purnima's families discussed religious conversion.

2007: Rizwanur Rehman, who teaches computer graphics, falls in love with Priyanka Todi, his student and the daughter of a very wealthy Hindu businessman. Unfortunately, there is no happy ending because this love story ends with Rizwanur's death.

Reportage: Indrani Roy Mitra
Image: A candlelight vigil for Rizwanur Rehman
Photographs: Dipak Chakraborty

Also read: 'Priyanka's kin drove Rizwanur to suicide'
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