Friday, September 14, 2007

A Hindu-Muslim love story from Kerala: Kanchana and Moideen [Communal Harmony Project-4]

Just a representative photograph about inter-religious love
Kanchana, 67, couldn't marry Moideen, her childhood friend because of their different religions, and didn't meet him for years due to family restrictions.

After his death in an accident, she decided to remain single all her life and lived his dreams in the form of his social work which she has taken ahead.

"I went through hell living on hope for the first 25 years after they found out about us, because of him. I will still go through anything for him, again", says Kanchana. This amazing love story is reported by Rajeev Pi from Kerala.

Moideen and Kanchana studied in same school in their town in Kozhikode and fell in love in their youth. But their well-to-do yet ultra-conservative families couldn't allow them to marry. Kanchana couldn't marry for sake of her younger sister as her own marriage with a Muslim would have sealed marriage prospects of her younger sister.

She was confined to her house. Moiuddin turned to writing stories apart from social work. They exchanged just a few notes in over a decade. Then Moiuddin died when a boat overturned in Iruvanji river. She also tried to commit suicide.

But one day Moiuddin's mother came to her house and gave her everything which her son possessed including his library. She found her scribbling sent to him, safely tucked between pages. Mohiudeen's mother died soon after.

Kanchana now heads a shelter for homeless, a family counselling centre, a blood donor's network linking villages, a good library and lot more with funds coming from villagers for the BP Moideen Sewa Mandir. This amazing story can be read here.

[Harmony exists all around us but is often ignored. Instead, stories of hate, discord and communalism get spread easily.

There are a million examples in our daily lives across India but they don't get promoted, hence, news of hate and discord gets heard more. Let's change it, now. This is a small attempt to change it through Communal Harmony Project]

For reading similar reports on this blog, Click the link HERE and also find out more about Communal Harmony Project

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