In the wake of the new citizenship law that is also referred to as the anti-Muslims law in India, there have been a lot of communal clashes along religious lines. Started on the 23rd of February, 23 are already reported dead with over 150 injured. And while your faith falters in democracy when you view the LARGEST democracy of the world resort to such tactics to sideline a section of community and the resulting violence where men and women are pelted with stones, dragged on the streets, beaten up with sticks and stones and forced to sing “Vand e Matram” – it almost reminds you of the horrors of the partition of 1947.
However, even amidst the chaos, interfaith harmony flourishes as Gurdwaras open doors for Muslims fleeing from violence. According to a report in India Times, members of the Sikh community are not only providing shelter to the Muslims in their own places of worship, they are also patrolling the streets with their neighbours to ensure that the homes of Muslims in their area do NOT get attacked in the riot infested city of Delhi.
A Gurdwara has given shelter to Muslim families fleeing Hindutva mob in NE Delhi.
(Not giving exact location as it may endanger Sikhs as well. Will inform over DM if people may need to go there)#DelhiBurning
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) February 25, 2020
In one part of Delhi, a gurdwara opens its doors to Muslims and anyone who needs shelter.
In Seelampur, Dalits blocked the roads against mobs, sheltered their Muslim neighbours.
Police and politicians have forgotten their duty; but the people have courage and heart.#DelhiRiots
— Nilanjana Roy (@nilanjanaroy) February 25, 2020
In such trying times, people are from the Sikh community stand united with Indian Muslims. We’re hoping and praying that love can conquer all.