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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

'Hindu' motorcycle, Muslim hand: Communal Harmony Project-12

A friend clicked this photograph and send it to me. It doesn't show any extraordinary situation but I found it amusing in a sense.

The bike has perhaps come for repair at a Muslim mechanic's shop. [Or the tyre is punctured]. Just behind him, the arrow [it tells time of Zohar--afternoon namaz] shows that there is a mosque nearby.

What is interesting is that the bike has 'Hindu' written on it prominently. Though in the decade of 80s, it was quite common for people to write 'Garv Se Kaho Ham Hindu Hain' and the Muslims getting 'Fakhr Se Kaho Ham Musalman Hain', on their business establishments. But here the bike has nothing else written on it. I don't remember seeing just 'Hindu' or 'Muslim' written on vehicles.

On the mobikes of Bajrang Dal and VHP activists, one often finds 'Jai Bhawani' , 'Om' or 'Jai Shri Ram'. But the unique identification of the bike, which declares 'I am a Hindu or a Hindu rides this bike' is amusing and at one level innocent as well. On bikes of Muslims, it is rare to find any symbol. Yes, some times one may find, 'Ya Ali'.

Also note, that the mechanic in photo also fits in the image of the Muslim, 'skullcap on head', slight beard and taviz [amulet]. Another reason I posted the photograph is that I was not in a mood to write some serious stuff. So I got the photo and decided to post it instead.

The moral! Is there any moral. Isn't it too childish to celebrate secularim or harmony on seeing a Hindu and Muslim together. Perhpas, the moral is that, one may identify himself as anything--a liberal or a staunch follower of his religion, but we can't do without each other. Or may be you can come out with your own and share it with me.

[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

#communalharmony #communalharmonyproject #india

11 comments:

Kagaz ki kashti said...

Hindu-Muslim unity has always been one of the essential pillars. Divided we will sure fall!

Gandhiji’s words:
Hindu-Muslim unity means not unity only between Hindus and Mussulmans, but between all those who believe India to be their home, no matter to what faith they belong.

priyanka said...

Morale? I think, their is no morale. Nothing. We have lots of unanswered questions in front of us. Photography, as a medium: and this photograph in particular also..do not give me any answers..or any morale..or any conclusion. Moreover..this post and this photograph has widened the periphery of questions and left me with still more questions....more and more questions..like
A) why we all are so sterotypical and rigid and strbbonly sick ?
B) Why we only potray a muslim repairing auto parts?
C) it could have been the other way round..a muslim's bike and a hindu reparing it. Why is it not so?
D) Why do we not encourage the good-education-enlightment comming in the muslim community (in India)?
E) why do we not project and popularize the good face of muslims..so that it can encourage and motivate others to educate their children and raise the community in real sense?
F) why are we so prejudiced and why do we forget that a big chunk of hindu population is equally orthodox,staunch,poor,illitrate ? then why potray only muslims.?

and i am sick of the streotypical potrayal and association of muslims with mechanic shops. Its too much of the same thing again and again.We all should realize that India as a country is poor and we need to think of its development irrespective of caste, religion and gender.

Lets come out of the blame game guyes..the blame game is too old and too ghisa pita to bear. I am so anxious because i have seen many hindus deriving pleasure and popularizing the assoiation of muslims with mechanic shops.

Its time for introseption..which can lead us together to work jointly for each other's development ..becoz that is the only way we can contribute in nation's development. lets attempt to be honeslty unbaised. Atlest we can try..This is what i percieved from the photograph.

priyanka said...

Morale? I think, their is no morale. Nothing. We have lots of unanswered questions in front of us. Photography, as a medium: and this photograph in particular also..do not give me any answers..or any morale..or any conclusion. Moreover..this post and this photograph has widened the periphery of questions and left me with still more questions....more and more questions..like
A) why we all are so sterotypical and rigid and strbbonly sick ?
B) Why we only potray a muslim repairing auto parts?
C) it could have been the other way round..a muslim's bike and a hindu reparing it. Why is it not so?
D) Why do we not encourage the good-education-enlightment comming in the muslim community (in India)?
E) why do we not project and popularize the good face of muslims..so that it can encourage and motivate others to educate their children and raise the community in real sense?
F) why are we so prejudiced and why do we forget that a big chunk of hindu population is equally orthodox,staunch,poor,illitrate ? then why potray only muslims.?

and i am sick of the streotypical potrayal and association of muslims with mechanic shops. Its too much of the same thing again and again.We all should realize that India as a country is poor and we need to think of its development irrespective of caste, religion and gender.

Lets come out of the blame game guyes..the blame game is too old and too ghisa pita to bear. I am so anxious because i have seen many hindus deriving pleasure and popularizing the assoiation of muslims with mechanic shops.

Its time for introseption..which can lead us together to work jointly for each other's development ..becoz that is the only way we can contribute in nation's development. lets attempt to be honeslty unbaised. Atlest we can try..This is what i percieved from the photograph.

Shafiq said...

@ Kagaz ki kashti,
Well said. It always surprises me that there are people in this world that want to create division.

@ Priyanka,
You're looking too much into the photo. Prejudices and stereotypes stay for a long time, but they do eventually go away.

sapience said...

It is but obvious that a person may write his religious tag line on his vehicle but it is definitely awesome to find someone writing his religion on the vehicle and even more amusing thing is the same vehicle being repaired by a muslim in a muslim locality.

Rick

How do we know said...

ha ha ha.. yes that "hindu" bit sure adds some character to the picture.. cld he mean Hindu College? Or the newspaper - The Hindu? Or Hindu Dahi Badewala? wait.. i m just having fun right now.. since u did say this was a non serious post.

indscribe said...

Kagaz ki Kashti, Priyanka, Shafiq, Spience: Thanks for your comments. Especially, Priyanka's passionate response.

HDWK: Sure, it was intended to be a non-serious post. :)

pankaj said...

Life is short enjoy it, put aside hindu muslim thing.

J P Joshi said...

Agree with you, "Perhpas, the moral is that, one may identify himself as anything--a liberal or a staunch follower of his religion, but we can't do without each other".

We are all interdependent and religion should have only one purpose and that is to highlight this unifying fact and NOT focus on the different rituals that we follow or the different mythology that we are exposed to.

I was born in a Hindu family in a hospital where employees of every faith tended to me; the medicines that I consumed were researched, manufactured, distributed and retailed by people of many faiths; the food that I eat - who grows it; who markets it; who makes the bread - whats his or her faith; the water that I drink - who brings it to my tap; what's his faith - as a matter of fact anything I do in life to survive and to prosper is possible only because of others - does my faith matter beyond my personal belief?

Talking of a Muslim mechanic, I had an experience once that has stayed with me. This experience is posted here.

http://myphilosphicalthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/09/work-is-worship.html

Kapil_jai hind said...

Jai Hind..
this post reveals how we in india live as one....

@priyanka....i dont think u have been able to understand the idea....

the photograph tells u how hindus and muslims live in symbiosis in india...it seems to be a real photograph and not a purposely clicked one.... so u arguement that y has the muslim been shown to be repairing a hindu's bike and not vicer versa becomes precarious

i guess anyone with a minimal intellect can understand the intentions of the author of the post....

i can see above hindus as well as muslims appreciating the post...but still cant make out what problem do you have(see how beautifully kagaz ki kashti has written buttressing the post) with the post

as far as encouraging the muslims for education is concerned....

The indian govt has launched various schemes open to all communities....

Indian govt promotes primary education through various schemes such as mid day meal scheme...nominal fee structure....day boarding schools....evening school for childrem who cant attend morning schools for their own reasons....the benefits of these schemes are available to all sections of the society....

as far as you talk of projecting and popularizing the good face of muslims what do you think this photograph is intended for....its just about your perspective...in my opinion the author wants to show friendly,affable,affectionate and pacific nature of the muslims of india...through that smile on the face of my fellow indian brother muslim(owner of shop)

and as far as association of the muslim brother with the shop is concerned i guess he is the PROUD owner of the shop....

the last point is the only fact where i find some truth....yes an equally big chunk of hindus are illiterate,backward,poor and orthodox thats the reason govt is running those development programs that are not specifically for a specific community....

the development programs are open to all members of all communities...the govt wants all communities to indiscriminately benefit from its schemes aimed at providing the country as a whole a better future

india sees itself as a superpower by 2020 and it is very much possible with the work force and diaspora it has....!

but a large,skilled and economic workcforce is just not sufficient for the fulfilment of the purpose....

what we need the most today to reach our goal is unity

unity between all sections of the indian society...

a few steps...a few absolvations...a few pacifications and a few appeasements...thats it...the recipe for a pacific india

To all my Brother indians...

may be the history of our relations between our communities hasnt been the best....
but today its in our hands to make the present and future of the relations between our communities the best....for the creation of a better india...a better india for us...for our children...and for our generations....!

jai hind..

ajay said...

I DON,T KNOW WY ALWAYS EVERYPEOPLE WANTS TO INCOURAGE THE OTHER COMMUNITY TO RAMPUP THEM.ITS THERE RESPONSIBILITY TO GO OUT & TOUCH THE ROW IF IT'S NOT; ITS THERE FAULT. SO THAT EVERYBODY WILL COME TO KNOW THAT WTS RIGHT AND WT IS WRONG.
WHICH ROOT OF RELIGION IS SIGNIFICANT TO GET GOAL, EVERYBODY HAS TO IDENTIFY.