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Lesson in harmony from Malerkotla

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 30

The Khojgaan street of Muslim-dominated Malerkotla presents a perfect picture of communal harmony as a Hindu family here has been supplying idols of various deities to all districts of the state from the past many years with the help of their neighbours. The slogans of various deities fill the air whenever a group of devotees comes to take their idol from the street.

This street has only four Hindu families, who are proud of the contribution of their neighbours make to their work. "My family has been staying here for the past three generations and our idol-making business is also very old. Our Muslim neighbours have always supported us," said Yash, while sitting with his neighbours. He said the pandemic has multiplied the demand of small idols these days.

Surjit, a Sangrur resident, said: "Earlier, we used to purchase big idols from Yash, but this year we have bought a small idol as due to Covid, we would not immerse a big idol. Many times, his neighbours help purchasers reach his house." Iqbal, a neighbour of Yash, said their families have been supporting each other for three generations.

Alamdar, another neighbor, said: "All religions teach us for brotherhood and our street is really proud of Yash and his family. In fact, we all live here like a family."



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