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Malegaon Emerged Stronger

Posted On Friday October 3, 2008

By Aleem Faizee



Maintain the communal harmony in the face of terror, this is what the Malegaonians had done on September 8, 2006 and repeated the same on September 29, 2008. The reward is that they are earning the applause from every corner but they expect something concrete from the state.





Mehmood Madni Addressing the press after visiting Malegaon that was rocked by a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 two days before Eid Al Fitr


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The immediate reasons for the ongoing terrorist attacks in the country are not very clear. However one thing is for sure. These strikes are the attacks on the national integrity of the country and an attempt to divide the people on communal line and pave the way for the violence to get political mileage. This seems the reason why places like Malegaon are chosen for a strike, a predominantly Muslim locality famous for getting provoked by slightest incitement. In fact the town also has a history when the minor incidents had transformed into big riots taking heavy losses on the part of the general public, and on a larger extent playing a major role in hiding the real issues facing people of the town. Ironically more and more people in the town believe that first the riots and now the bomb blasts, these are the deliberate attempts to deny the town its due share in the growth and the very right to exist with the mainstream. Tired of these things many people have actually migrated to neighboring Nashik and other cities.


However the town surprised the whole world, first on September 08, 2006 and then again on September 29, 2008 when it found itself on the radar of the terrorists. “The way the Malegaonians have kept restrain and peace after the terrorist attacks is really surprising”, observes Sushoba Burve while speaking with ummid.com from her Delhi residence. Burve heads a NGO and works for the people affected in such attacks.


More Than One Lakh People Emerged for Eid Prayers on Thursday October 2

at the Main Eidgah in Camp area of Malegaon.


Prakash Kankariya and his friends in the Malegaon Industrial Development Conference (MIDC) were more worried than anyone else after the September, 29 bomb blast. “We are fighting with the government for the industrial and overall growth of the town and any violent reaction after the blast could have derailed our efforts”, Kankariya says adding, “However it is appealing to see the Malegaonians defeating the terrorists.”


Manoj Jain, a yarn trader was more vocal in his reaction. “Immediately after the blast, the first thing that came into my mind was that Malegaon phir des saal peeche dhakail diya gaya”, he says. “But now I must say that I was wrong.” In fact the way more than one lakh people gathered at the Eidgah in the camp area of the town on Thursday to offer the Eid prayers clearly suggests that the town has emerged stronger after the deadly Monday.






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