By Vasundara R, Team iDiva | posted Sep 22nd 2015 at 5:58PM
It’s been a year of unrest in India. Everybody is fighting over the meat ban, vegetarians and non-vegetarians are divided over it, Hindus and Muslims are divided over beef ban and everybody seems to universally hate the Jains and the Patidars. Disturbing as it all is, examples of peace and harmony continue to exist all over the country in small gestures. It is these simple acts, prompted by generosity and large-heartedness which keeps our country from splintering violently. Check out some of these acts in the past, which will simply touch your heart.
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He did not want religion to come in between friendship
Razzak Khan Tikari, a resident of Chhattisgarh, rose above religious boundaries and performed Hindu rites for his deceased friend, Santosh Singh. Santosh’s wife was not able to arrange money to perform proper rites after his death because of her poor economical condition. Khan came forward and took the responsibility of the entire task. He also performed all the rites as per Hindu tradition and cremated Santosh’s body.
Khan told Patrika that Singh and he had been friends for the last eight years and he considered his friend’s family as his own. He took the help of an organisation to make sure that everything was done. “Religion should not become a barrier in friendship,” he explained.
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Namaz and Visarjan on the same road!
This picture from last year shows how this Ganpati procession in Mumbai maintained silence until the Friday afternoon namaz concluded, while the Muslims reading namaz made way for the procession to pass conveniently.
Talk about friendly neighbours!
Muslims in Bihar, in a stellar demonstration of communal harmony, have donated land to help build the world’s largest Hindu temple, which will have the capacity to seat a staggering 20,000 people. “Muslims have not only donated land, they have also provided land at a nominal rate for construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple. Without help of Muslims, it would have been difficult to realise this dream project,” Acharya Kishore Kunal, secretary of the Patna-based cash-rich Mahavir Mandir Trust that is undertaking the ambitious project, told IANS.
Kunal, a former Indian Police Service officer, said that more than three dozen Muslim families have their land in the middle of the proposed location of the temple and some Muslims families own land along the main road that connects to the project site.
“Some Muslims donated lands and others helped and supported us to purchase their land for the temple. If Muslims had not come forward, the temple project was sure to have got delayed…” he added. “Of the 200 acres of land obtained by Mahavir Trust for the temple, Hindus and Muslims have donated 50 acres while the rest was purchased.
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You protect mine, I’ll protect yours.
After their area was rocked by the blood and hatred of communal riots last year, the Muslims and Hindus of Hadapsar in Pune got together to protect each other’s places of worship. The Hindus of the area have taken the responsibility to protect the Muslim mosques and shrines while the Muslims have taken the responsibility of protecting the temples.
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Where’s the Iftaar tonight?
Last year was initially marked by the ugly scar of a Shiv Sena MP who force fed a Muslim, who was fasting during Ramadan. The saving grace was two days later, when 50 Hindu traders in Delhi hosted an iftaar party for their Muslim friends and comrades. According to them, they have been doing this for years.
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Pay homage to Ram and pay homage to Rahim too
Hindus who come to pray at the Hanuman temple in Gaddeajijpur village in Uttar Pradesh, also need to pray at the Jind Peer Baba Mazar, as per local customs. That is the only way their prayers will be answered. This rule has been in place since 1930.
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Wanted temple charioteers – religion no bar.
Every year, Muslims join Hindus in Orissa to pull the chariot during the Chariot Festival (Ratha Yatra) in Puri. And this friendship isn’t limited to the festival – Hindus celebrated Eid and members of both religions attend each other’s weddings.
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