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Punjab village supports secularism

01, Mar 2018 By shakeel ahmad

Villagers in Moom village of Punjab have a message of peaceful co-existence to the country. Dominated by the Sikhs in a population around 4000 villagers, the Hindus and the Muslims also reside here. Their attachment with one another is evident from this fact when they decided to construct a mosque in the village existing near Ludhiana.

The Sikhs initiated with a donation of the land and the funds while the Hindus also offered their whole-hearted support in this work. They appeared to have enveloped themselves in the string of humanity, togetherness and brotherhood.

Our country is not devoid of secular ideals. The village name is better known after Baba Momin Shah whose shrine truly exists in this village of Barnala district of Punjab.

However, Manjeet Kaur, Sarpanch, said that the village had been existent for the past 300 long years. It had maintained its communal harmony. The scant number of Hindus and Muslims is more or less touching around 400 each.

This village certainly sends a strong point to the politicians who create hatred among different communities for purely political gains. The Brahmins have donated land for mosque construction. Verifying this fact Pt. Puroshattam Lal, a medical practitioner, said we wanted a mosque in the village beside temple and Gurudwara.

By donating land and collecting funds for the mosque construction we, Sikhs and Hindus are doing our duty. Our Sikh brethren were contributing funds. This was an example that Punjab and Punjabis are setting for rest of the country. Now every community will have their separate places of worship. So far the daily prayers were conducted in the two rooms inside the shrine.

We can say, secularism is a matter of duty too. The villagers first watch their big-heartedness and then start looking at the prevailing communal considerations in the whole of the country.