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Terrorism, Indian Festivals & Communal Harmony
By Tanveer Jafri
Contributing Writer
In the workshop Tejinder Chauhan at Barara Mohammad Usmaan prepares world's tallest effigy of Ravana while his wife offering Quran Sharif there.

Indian Capital Delhi once again thrilled up when last day five serial bomb blasts were made by the terrorists at three most important places in the capital. More than two dozen peoples lost their lives in these blasts and more than one hundred & fifty peoples were injured in this tragedy. Ignoring the terrorist's inhuman activities the festival season is in full swing now a day's in India as India is well known for its festivals of the different cast & communities.

Last days The Indian Hindu community organized its religious festival Ganesh Pooja with full devotion whereas the Muslims were busy in its pious month of Ramzan. In the next few days there are preparations to celebrate the famous festivals of Dushehra, the DurgaPooja and the Ied-Ul-fiter. This country presents an example of unity among diversities and the festivals of all the communities are associated with the religious importance. At the same time these festivals present a rare example of communal harmony and equality for all the religions.

Perhaps no country in the world can show such a thing. Surprisingly, these examples are seen in India even at the time when the terrorists and communal powers are doing their best efforts day and night, to break the communal harmony Let us see, such events, associated with Indian communal harmony.

Rana Tejinder Singh Chauhan

In Barara, a town in Haryana, There is its fame for making the highest effigy of Ravana on the Dushehra day during last years. Even this year they are trying to set a record for the Asia's highest effigy of Ravana on the Dushehra festival eve. The president and founder of the Ram leela club Rana tejinder singh chauhan with the help of his hundreds of companions has been doing his best to get the highest effigy of Ravana prepared for last four months.

To help him in this project, a Muslim family of Mohammad Usman has come from famous Taj city, Agra. After covering a distance of 500 km. from his hometown, Mohamand Usman and his family members are staying at Barara as special guests for the last four months, with Tejinder Singh Chauhan. Muhammad Usman has a deep desire from the care of heart to help Tejinder Singh Chauhan in establishing the record in the country and after that now in the world.

During the preparation of this huge effigy of Ravana the holy month of Ramzan also passed. Mohammad Usman and his family keep Roza 'fast' in a regular way. Tajinder Singh Chauhan makes complete arrangement with full devotion for his Roza's. Not only this, when his wife felt a need for the Quraan sharif (A holly Islamic Book) in the beginning of Ramzan, Chauhan himself took the trouble to go to book stall that kept the religious books and get it for the wife of Mohd. Usman. He fulfilled other religious necessities for completing the religious ceremonies. Usman himself accepts the fact that he gets the highest regards and religious freedom while doing his work at the directed structure of Ravana here at Barara.

Perhaps that regard and freedom he may not get among his own community members. That is why he happily accepts the invitation from Chauhan every year and comes to Barara with his skilled workers and his family. In this regard Tejinder Singh states that he feels happy to do his duty to fulfill the religious necessities of Mohammad Usman and his relatives. He feels in this work as doing Indian custom of 'the guests are the gods' Chauhan says that he is attempting to get the world record of making the huge effigy to be entered in the guinnies book of world records. The effigy is being prepared by Mohammad Usman under his directions. If it is so, the Ravana effigy for this year in the town Barara will not only set a record for its height and giant ness but it will also set a rare example of Indian communal harmony.

Similarly the festival of Ganesh pooja, like other years, is presenting an example of communal harmony, this year too. Where the great hero of Indian film industry, Salman khan was seen celebrating Ganesh pooja with full devotion at the same time, in many parts of India, the Ganesh pooja festival was organized by the Muslim community. Not only this, in many Ganesh pooja organizations the Ganesh statue was setup by the Muslims in their houses and these were properly worshipped. In the festival Ganesh pooja Visarjan many persons from the Muslim community took part in it, in large number. Another famous film actor, shahrukh khan too celebrate all the Hindus and the Muslims festival with great zeal in his house, by celebrating all the festivals such as the Holi, the Diwali, the Id, and the baqrid, with his near and dear ones, he shows an examples of a real Indian.

These functions of all religious and communal harmony are celebrated not only by the rich and wealthy or famous persons but the poor and helpless people in India; too have the strong feeling of celebrating these festivals with great zeal. For example, 19 districts of Bihar state in India are badly affected because of severe floods that were caused by the Kosi river dam breakage. The victims without any religious discrimination took part in religious festivals of one another and provided shelters to the victims. The collective functions and prayers were organized at many places to get rid of the disaster. These prayers from both the communities were done under one roof at many places. At the time of flood in the month of Ramzan, the Hindus helped the Muslims and at some places these are news that the Hindus too observed the Roza (fast).

As there is news that the Muslims are involve in most of the events of terrorism in India. For this there are news of bad attempts for polarization of votes by the Hindutvawadi powers in Gujrat and at the same time the examples of communal harmony easily makes one to understand that on this holy land of Ramanand, Kabir, Nanak, Chishti, Khusroo, Baba Farid and bulleshah the attempts to spoil the communal harmony cannot succeed. No terrorist organization can uproot the plants of communal harmony in this country of saints and hermits.

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Mr.Tanveer Jafri, who serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times, is a noted columnist in India. He writes on a variety of issues including world peace, anti-terrorism, and national & international politics for numerous news dailies and portals in India. As a devoted social activist he is member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy.






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