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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Guru Nanak Jayanti and Muslims: Communal Harmony Project-8

On the left is the photograph of an elderly Muslim offering sherbet to a Sikh devotee who is part of a religious procession.

This is a recent photo. On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the Sikhs take out huge processions in most Cities in India and abroad.

This is just one of the photos that tells us stories that don't find any place in the mainstream media. Though one gets to see lot of photographs of Hindus and Muslims celebrating Id and Diwali together, pictures like the one here aren't seen much as Sikhs are comparatively a smaller minority.

Millions of ordinary Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and those belonging to other faiths live in such harmony across the country. They participate in each other's festivals wholeheartedly without a shred of bigotry. But it is not this India which we see more often on television and in the papers.

Any writer or blogger can also get more worked up on listening to politicians of different hues raising battle cries than such aspects of life. Like I was getting tempted to write on BJP president LK Advani's defence of Sadhvi Pragya and the party's disinterest in the case of innocent Muslim youths framed and tortured in Hyderabad by the police.

This is the same party that wanted tough law on terror but when it came to its own people linked to Malegaon blast case, it wants ATS to stop grilling them. Most of us get charged up on these issues depending on our religious, political and social affiliations. No wonder, everywhere we find riots, terrorism, communalism and casteism.

Probably it is because of the concept that what makes a news. It is not news when a dog bites a man, but it definitely make when a man bites a dog. So inter-religious harmony, composite culture and friendship doesn't make a great story.

[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]

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How do we know said...

i LOVED the last paragraph metaphor.. true.. harmony is everyday thingie.. discord makes news. :-)

a fan said...

i totally agree :)
Good news never makes it to the headline.

Also, i am truly happy to see you writing something beyond the terror and discriminating points from indian muslim perspective. (When i posted my first comment in this blog,this is what i wanted to convey :))

We really have so many great instances of such harmony across our country, which is why inspite of the million mutinies somehow we still stand as one piece and also proceed forward...
Maybe, this is not enough to be totally happy about,but then we(India) are still a work in progress :)

Anser Azim said...

When I was growing up I used to se daily greetings between our Imam and the Pandit Ji of the neighboring Ram temple in the mohalla we used to live in the morning hours. We all used to participate in the Dipawali celebrations and some of us also come out to participate Holy. But in this polorized word that harmony is gone. Once we all realize that all these 150 million muslims of India are not going anywhere and they are going to be part of united India why not find common grounds for coexistence and come up with ideas that can bring us closer than before. Genetically we all look alike so why this divide, nafratein, killings, inflammatory speeches.
Adnan: I admire your time effort to reach this objective. May God help you.

best wishes

Danesh said...

Good post! Will link it around through twitter.

Pinku said...

hey Bhai....thanks for the pic....raised my flagging spirits...

Saif said...

NIce pic & great post.
You got it absolutely right that we are eager to react when likes of Advani & the saffron brigade does a "hard talk", while they consistently accuse others of being "soft on terror".
If they, acknowledge themselves if this is a political move, then how would they ensure laws like POTA are not misused.
While champions of double speak are harping when they have been stung, let us celebrate the festivals,joys & victory of India.

Sidhusaaheb said...

"...inter-religious harmony, composite culture and friendship doesn't make a great story."

Well, it doesn't really suit the agenda of any of the major political parties, you see!

If there are no divisions in society, how will they 'divide and rule'?

Kagaz ki kashti said...

A rare photo indeed!

There is another rare thing, (often I wonder too)... I have never seen a sikh beggar all through my life.. ??
Did anyone see?

Adnan Bhai I have been lucky to lived throughout my life in government colonies, where you can find a mini India in itself... we have lived, celebrated & shared each others happiness & saddness always.. all throughout and it exists till today... a perfect harmony of all culture & religions!

I hope this Mini India I can feel and see in every part of my country..

Indscribe said...

HDWK, A Fan, thanks for appreciating the photo and the post.

Anser Azim Sb, ya I too remember the elderly Pt Ji of the temple near my house and Imam, both of whom were respected by everybody without any distinction.

Pinku, Saif, Siddhusaheb @ Thanks

Kagaz ki Kashti @ There are poor among Sikhs also but they are really very hardworking community.

One must admire the institution of langar at gurudwaras. It is a great system. At least, a man doesn't have to worry about meals. But may be in regions of Sikh concentration like Punjab, you can see a few beggars.

S.Ali Qamar said...

اردو کی تلاش اور اب تک ناکام

Z@ki-R said...

Personally I am not a strongest advocate of making a masjid (or mandir) at Babri masjid site. I think, most of the India was not aware of a site called babri masjid untill RG opened it for worship and Advani made it a symbol of "national" pride. I personally noticed, after that 6th Dec, the hatred, suspicions between two major group of population, increased like hell (Even between people who don’t care abt masjid / mandir, that suspicion exists in some cases). AND media added fuel to it, mostly. It's such news (in this blog) that makes us happy...let this spirit spread.

TheWalker said...

I'm glad to have stumbled on your blog. Thisiis exactly what we should be doing in the mainstream media rather than divide people. Great job Adnan!

I belong to Kerala and it was heartening to see all the communities celebrating festivals tohether. My father used to take me to mosques, temples, and even a synagogue once :P We've always celebrated festivals with Ibrahim uncle, Nair uncle, Sandhu uncle, et al...

There is a festival called 'Chandanakudam' where a pot of sandalwood is taken in procession and relayed from one community to another. Unfortunately, none of that will ever get covered because that's not what people want to see or read!

Unfortunately the last ten years have been bad and even Kerala is polarized :(