Monday, April 11, 2016

Bhopal Muslims to host Hindu brethren on way to Ujjain for Simhastha: Communal Harmony Project-25

With Simhasth--the Kumbh at Ujjain, round the corner, Muslims in Bhopal, are ready to host the Hindu brethren who are going to come here on way to attend the grand congregation.

As many as 10 Muslim social organisations have joined hands to ensure facilities to pilgrims who reach the State capital.

From arranging transport to free meals, the volunteers will also ensure other facilities at the Bus Stand and Railway station in Bhopal.

Lakhs of people will come to Bhopal, on way to Ujjain. In fact, Muslim volunteers have been offering free meals to people at the Nadra Bus Stand in Bhopal, for almost three years. 

Maqbool Mansoori, who runs the free food programme, will lead the teams that will welcome, host visitors. Mansoori is known for his social work, especially, for running the 'langar' on his own, at the place for years.

The good Samaritan had started it nearly three years ago. He saw plight of poor people from far away places who came to State capital for treatment of kin or for personal work and either ran out of money or fell on bad times due to a variety of reasons.

Since then, he began the free meals programme. Initially, the people were sceptic that whether he would be able to run it. Now, it is considered one of the most successful such 'langars', and a unique one in Madhya Pradesh.

The groups have decided that no government assistance will be sought, and they will provide free food packets to visitors. The transport arrangements will also be made. Volunteers will also ensure health facilities at the spot.

This is second part of the #communalharmonyproject. The first part was 'Muslims take Hanuman flag to temple, hoist it'.

[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. Unfortunately, on social media, stories that divide the society, get shared more. It is worrying, we ensure that false propaganda must not spoil the reality and people should know about the syncretic culture and harmony that exists on the ground. This is a small attempt to change it through Communal Harmony Project]