Mazhab nahi sikhata aapas mein bair rakhna

1. Mumbai's Beacon of Communal Harmony

At a time when many adults are failing to look past their differences and some netas are busy sowing the seeds of hatred to reap political rewards, a 12-year-old is living proof that the future of our nation is in safe hands. At a recent contest - 'Gita Champions League' - organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in the city, which saw 4,617 students participating from 195 schools, the first prize was bagged by Maryam Asif Siddiqui. The participants were tested on their knowledge and understanding of the Bhagwad Gita, one of the pillars of Hinduism.

Maryam Asif Siddiqui

At the tender age of 12, Maryam, a Std VI student of Cosmopolitan High School in Mira Road, has already read the Bible, is attending lectures on the Quran and has now finished studying a translated version of the Gita.
What saddens me is that while all the holy books talk about humanity and the virtue of giving one's life for another human being, many people in our society misunderstand the teachings," said Maryam.

2. Not Far From Riot-Hit Muzaffarnagar, Different Strokes For a School and a Madrassa

14 Hindu children are enrolled at the Jameeat-ul-Ansar Madrassa in Rampur, in western Uttar Pradesh. A few kilometres away, 150 Muslim students study at the Saraswat Vidya Mandir Inter College, run by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS.

Studying Religion

Rampur is only 200 km away from Muzaffarnagar, the epicentre of deadly communal violence that left over 50 people dead and thousands homeless less than two years ago.

3. Mainpuri village sets up example of communal harmony

A village in Mainpuri district, tense after idols were found broken at a temple here recently, has set up a fine example of communal harmony. In an unusual gesture, members of minority community walked along side Hindus in a shobha yatra taken out to establish new idols in the temple on Saturday.

Shobha Yatra

4. On God, there should be no dispute

In Pune’s Ghorpadi Gaon, the windows of the Ahle-Sunnat Jamaat Masjid opens into the yard of the Kashi Vishweshwar Mandir, a wall separates them only somewhat. This unique congregation is 18-years old.
Ghorpadi Gaon

5. Muslim Butcher Credits his Prosperity to Lord Ganesh in Vadodara

In an example of communal harmony, a 47-year-old Muslim butcher and his family have been celebrating Ganesh festival at their home which they say has brought them "happiness and prosperity".

Aneesh Quereshi, his wife and three children have been performing the puja of the elephant-headed deity for last five years by installing the idol at their Shivrajpur village home in Gujarat's Panchmahal district, about 60 kms from Godhra which was the epicenter of the 2002 riots.

"I have been putting up the idol of Lord Ganesh in my home and we perform aarti and puja during the ten-day festival beginning from Ganesh Chaturthi and will continue it till immersion on 'chaudas' of this Hindu month," Aneesh told PTI.

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