The India We Need to Preserve: Sikhs Served Langar at Shaheen Bagh, Muslims are Doing the Same at Farmers Protest

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The India We Need to Preserve: Sikhs Served Langar at Shaheen Bagh, Muslims are Doing the Same at Farmers Protest

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

From floods in India to bushfires in Australia, from the #BlackLivesMatter movement in America or to the anti-CAA protests in Delhi, the Sikh community has always been at the forefront of relief efforts. Large-hearted, the Sikhs are known to organise langars for those in need, not letting differences of religion, race, caste, or creed come in the way.

In a gesture of incredible solidarity and reciprocity to the community, Muslims organised a langar for protesting Sikh farmers in Punjab’s Malerkotla on Saturday. The Bharatiya Kisan Union and several other organisations began their protests against the contentious farm legislations passed in Parliament last week. The Muslim community set up camps with free food near the protesting sites in many parts of the state to feed their Sikh brothers and sisters.

Farmers from Punjab had joined in solidarity with protestors at Shaheen Bagh where Sikh men/women served langar. In Malerkotla, Punjab which has long history of communal harmony, Muslim youth yesterday served the langar to the protesting farmers. This is the model of India. pic.twitter.com/TOQ0csuonb

— Kawalpreet Kaur (@kawalpreetdu) September 26, 2020

Farmers from Punjab came to Shaheen Bagh to establish a langar in solidarity with their sisters protesting CAA/NRC. Now Muslim youth from Malerkotla serve food in solidarity with protesting farmers of Punjab. With these bonds of love that bind us, India is safe @karwanemohabbat

— Harsh Mander (@harsh_mander) September 25, 2020

Sikhs from Punjab had travelled to Delhi and set up similar camps for people protesting against the CAA, NRC at Shaheen Bagh in early February. In a Facebook post, Fazil Khan wrote, “When thousands of Muslim women were fighting for their identity and respect in Shaheen Bagh with the nizam of this country, the Sikh brothers from Punjab had put anchor on the open road to give their shoulder in that battle. Today, Sikh farmers are on the road, half of Punjab is on the road, so Muslims have taken the responsibility of the langar.”

“The whole country should learn from Malerkotla. Muslims all over the world should learn from the Muslims here. The majority of the population of this country should learn from the Sikhs here. Hindustan is not beautiful because of the big buildings of Mumbai, Hindustan is not beautiful because of the trophies won in cricket, Hindustan’s beauty is derived from pictures like these. Tell any foreigner what looks good in India? The answer will always be culture. Culture is a shared heritage, in which both Hindus and Muslims breathe,” he added.

The pictures were shared by many on social media and the spirit was applauded by all.

This is our India: A country that rises above narrow considerations.

— Shirish Koyal (@KoyalShirish) September 25, 2020

“This model of love, fellowship and co-operation – regardless of sex,caste, religion or background must be spread in society across India. Then only then we can see real progress,” another Twitter user Raj Chenga wrote.

This model of love, fellowship and co-operation – regardless of sex,caste, religion or background must be spread in society across India. Then only then we can see real progress. The senseless hatred must end. Peace. https://t.co/7SpkJebwOi

— Raj Chenga (@Raja40774941) September 26, 2020

The India model we must follow.

This model of India will prevail as most of the population believes that living with harmony is and has been India’s hallmark all through its existence. https://t.co/mJ7ZMp5beH

— SSurve (@SSurve6) September 26, 2020

A beacon of positivity in testing times, may we have more such examples in the future.

This was the only tweet I came across the entire day which brought positivity, hope and smile. I hope the new generation moms and dads feed love and compassion to their children so that we have more such examples in future. https://t.co/q22gQr1M39

— Amar Akbar Anthony (@Bananaman_cs) September 25, 2020

“Really this is the diversity of our country. We have to save this unique identity which makes our country different from others,” said Md Danish Khan.

Really this is the diversity of our country we have to save this unique identity which make our country different from others #ILovemyIndia https://t.co/dAJyfojYkb

— Md Danish Khan (@Danishkhan254) September 26, 2020

As noted by writer and columnist Harsh Mander, “with these bonds of love that bind us, India is safe.”

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