India is one whether you speak Marathi or Hindi: President:
Devisingh Patil today said India is known for its varied heritage
and would always stand united, irrespective of whether one speaks
Marathi, Telugu or Hindi. ...
Hundreds of Muslims attended a Hindu marriage ceremony here on
Gatoo, the only Hindu Pundit family
residing in the area dominated by Muslims, received a lot of help
and support from the Muslim neighbours.
The Muslim neighbours also lent their
hands at preparing the feast.
“I cannot express in words the kind of
cooperation I received from Muslim brothers here. This has always
been so although our tradition got interrupted because of some
elements. But in us ‘Kashmiriyat’ (spirit of Kashmir) is still
alive.” said S.K Handoo, Saran Gatoo’s brother in law.
Muslim neighbours said that they had
convinced the Gatoo family not to migrate at a time, when a large
number of Hindus began shifting to other locations.
“We are very happy, it is so great for
Muslims and Hindu to be together. It is like the better times it is
happening after twenty years. Saran Bhai (Brother) thought of
migrating once but we dissuaded him, we told him we are always with
him,” said Tabasum, a Muslim neighbour.
Gatoo expressed his delight over the
support from the Muslim brethren.
“I am extremely touched by the gesture
and the feeling of brotherhood. People migrated from the place but I
never felt like leaving,” said Saran Gatoo, the host and father of
Kashmiri Pundit is a distinct ethnic
group in Kashmir.
They had migrated following decades
long militancy in the region.