In a unique show of communal harmony, a large number of Muslims
and Hindus have joined hands in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor district to
take out peace marches ahead of the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid
title suit verdict Sep 24.
Under the banner of Sarvadharma Ekta Parishad, over 100 members
from both the communities are carrying out peace marches in parts
of the district.
"The main objective behind such marches is to give a social
message of unity among the masses in view of the upcoming verdict
in the Ayodhya case," Mufti Shamoom Qasmi told IANS on telephone
from Bijnor, some 300 km from Lucknow.
"The peace marchers intend to ease the tension related to the
judgment which in any case should not affect Hindu-Muslim
relations. Taking this into account, we are carrying out the
marches and appealing to members of both the communities to
maintain peace after the verdict," he added.
People from all walks of life have come forward to join the
parishad which has already organised two peace marches this week
"Teachers, journalists, businessmen, college students, house
wives, retired government officials and people from other fields
joined the marches," said Naveen Kumar, a local journalist in
"Till now we have carried out peace marches at Shastri Chowk and
Qasibaada area and would cover several other areas of the district
in the coming days," he added.
Members of the parishad believe that the peace marches would go a
long way in fostering Hindu-Muslim relations.
"We definitely feel privileged after getting associated with such
a noble mission. If residents of other districts in Uttar Pradesh
too carry out such an exercise, the bonding between the two
communities will grow stronger," said Jai Narain Arun, a resident
of Naangal area.