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Thursday, September 23, 2010

A mosque that briefly turns temple every year: Communal Harmony Project-15

It's unbelievable but true. There exists a mosque where the idol of Hindu god is kept once every year for a period of ten days with no communal disturbance ever in the last three decades.

Right now all eyes are focused on Ayodhya, ahead of the verdict over the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid controversy.

But, on the other hand we have such shining examples of communal harmony, as reported by journalist Chandan Haygunde.

He writes about Gotkhindi town in Maharashtra's Sangli district gives an indication about the unique diversity of the country as also the fact that how far the common man can go in terms of being liberal and accomodating for others.

By any standards the Muslims of Gotkhindi have gone out of the way in search of coexistence and amity. The twon has a population of 12,000 and just 2.5% population is Muslim.

The tradition began over three decades back when rains suddenly came and the idol of Lord Ganesha were kept in open. It was suggested to keep the idols in the mosque for the period. Even though it goes against the monatheistic beliefs, Muslims obliged and the practice continues to this day.

Haygunde must be congratulated for the brilliant report, 'At Peace' published in Indian Express. The story can be interpreted in many ways but it is just once story. There are tens of thousands of stories of harmony by Hindus and Muslims [& other communities], unbelievable gestures that have not been told or properly publicised.

As a result of exaggerated reporting of the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute, an image of perpetual Hindu-Muslim conflict was formed in the minds of citizens, which hurt the integrity as also caused incalculable damage to the society. [Photo by Hansraj Patil]

[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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Kshitij said...

Good to see such incidents finding the light of day once in a while.
India has been a land where all faiths and customs have found fertile ground. Needless to say, they hardly ever tried to override each other.

R said...

My own roommate is Hindu and we eat from the same plate - we're practically sisters! This whole thing about Ayodhya made us joke that we'll poison each other if there are communal riots and then went ahead to share yet another meal. She has a small temple in our room and my bro and I pray in the drawing hall. In a secular republic people should be tolerant of each other's beliefs instead of gearing up for communal riots. All that politics and the comman man suffers.

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Parimala said...

There are hundreds of such places including some large places of worship run by Satya Sai, Isha foundation etc which have symbols of various religions. But how many such large mosques reciprocate the same ? Isnt it a tragedy that the Nawab of Ayodhya himself before the 1857 war of independence accepted that the Ayodhya temple belongs to the Hindus...and yet leaders like Syed Shahabuddin, Owaisi spread lies among the Muslims about the temple. It is high time the moderate Muslims woke up to the fact that the politicians treat them only as a vote bank and made the Babri masjid issue as an issue of religious identity and as if the Islamic religion is in constant threat. It is time that India comes out of this majority-minority politics discussion and move towards greater issues of national identity.