Re: it makes me very anxious when Muslim Community at large is blamed
A nice reply. Still I wonder why the communal tension is happening in India. With my background of being a Hindu shouldered with Muslim brothers/friends, I hate the communal feelings and disturbances. Just a flashback of Muslims and Hindus brotherhood can be seen in Madurai and itrs surroundings is agood examples for communla harmony.
My home is jus oppsite a mosques at Thathaneri, Madurai. We woke up hearing teh morning call from the mosque. We knew the custmes of Tamil muslims in that area. Muslim bhais of this area assimilted well with the other religous groups. Muslims will address the Asari (carpenters) as Appu (father) and to the Naidus as Mama (paternal Uncle) and the thevars as sittapu (Paternal uncle- Chacha. still the same relationship continues. People from other religions when crossing the mosques with marriage ceremony or death cermony with the drums or any sound instruments will not play while crossing the mosque. Muslim tailors are popular and tehy integrate with the community like any other persons. I can duifferentiate MAsjid tailor or Sulthan tailor as any other person. I havde to invite for my marraige and they have also invited me and offered Briyani or Guska. Mr. Sulthan is the regular harmoniam player in the Hanuman temple every saturday almost for 25- 30 years. I heard or familarised with MS Subbulakshmi or MKT Bhgavatr songs through his singing and harmonium.
When there is urs in the mosque, we used play Kabadi or silambam in the process. Remember my grand father and father had a fihgt with some of the Muslims friends during 1948 not as a communal fight but for the land dispute. Still we both did not utter a single word in the name of religion. We had court cases for the land. Still during teh Ramzan month, we used to get RAmzan Ganji from the muslim brothers.
Even there is a viilage namely Kalimangalam near Madurai. Itis a unique nature of communal harmony. My father's village where he was brought up. About 60% belong to Muslims. Even now, the ptreseident of the village has to inaugrtae the hindu festival by dancing like a possed hindu god. During the rqamzan and Bakrid, the whole village of 5000 hosueholds will be fed by the Muslims. No trace of communal tension or even a caste tension.
Another village iruvalavayanallur nera Madurai also like the eariler mentioned village. About 65% Muslims and it is the honest village I have evr come across in my travelling of about 600 villages in India spread over north south and west.
Communal harmony should be based on the mind set. I knew little bit od Nabi sal allah, Balkis, Abu baker, Sayed, Fatima thorugh the Jumma lecture from my mosque. The Nagore Hanifa's islam songs are still famous in my area, which was adopted from the popular HIndi songs of 60s and 70s.
May be my muslims frineds can differeentiate between communal and religious feelings. Still other religious persosn like us also are also very considerate and gave due to respect to other religions. Or may the area is full of wage earners, labourers, communists and athesists and never bother to fuel the communal mind sets. Or may be tamil Muslims are not very communal in the mind sets. Whatever it may be even now a muslim frined is invited for food, we procurre the halal non veg. I am sure there is no Jhatka non veg in Madurai still. It is a give and take ploicy which maintains the communal harmony in the south. I stringly belive teh harmony and enjoyment of brothehood will continue for many more years in my country.
B.P. Thiagarajan New Delhi
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