In the aftermath of Dadri lynching, as the world continues to criticize rising communal tension in India, a news recently published by the Times of India has made us smile. In Nathowal, a village near Ludhiana, members of the Sikh and Hindu community have come together to help Muslims repair an old mosque. It comes as a pleasant surprise, as non-Muslims are bearing more than 65% of the expenses involved with the repair.
The village has a population of around 7,000, of which around 500 are Muslims. A villager says that communities have lived in peace in the village even before partition. During Partition, 10 to 12 Muslim families migrated to Pakistan but 50 families stayed back as their Sikh brothers didn’t allow them to leave.
As the work of Mosque repair progresses now, non Muslims are helping by ferrying bricks, cement and sand for the construction. Before this, members of the Muslim and Hindu community had also contributed towards gurdwara work. “There may be communal tension in any part of the country but this village has always been peaceful”, a villager says with great pride.
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