Prabhu Razdan/ Sanjog Mishra, Varanasi, March 12
AFTER THE serial blasts on March 7 which claimed at least 15 lives, both Hindus and Muslims left no stone unturned to maintain communal harmony in the township. While Hindus andAFTER THE serial blasts on March 7 which claimed at least 15 lives, both Hindus and Muslims left no stone unturned to maintain communal harmony in the township.
Muslims continue to organise protest dharnas and rallies against terrorism and the serial blasts in the city, some prominent Muslim faces set a unique example by visiting Sankat Mochan temple and paying obeisance before Lord Hanuman.
Eminent lyricist Javed Akhtar, Mufti-e- Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani and Syed Shah Fazal-a-Rehman, Imaam of Teele Wali mosque in Lucknow were among a large number of Muslims who paid their obeisance at the temple and showered flowers at the blast site inside the temple.
Former Prime Minister VP Singh, noted thinker Swami Agnivesh and human rights activist Teesta Setalwad also visited the temple on Sunday and were all praise for the citizens of Varanasi as no untoward incident was reported after the bomb blast last Tuesday.
Addressing a gathering at Chitranjan Park in Dashashwamedh area here this afternoon, Javed Akhtar said that the citizens of Kashi gave a befitting reply to the terrorists by remaining calm and maintaining communal harmony. Maulana Mufti Batin Nomani took prasad from the priest at the temple symbolising communal harmony in the town.
Former PM VP Singh and lyricist Javed Akhter lauded the role of the people of the city in the hour of grief and foiled the attempts to politicise the issue.
Swami Agnivesh also praised the people of Varanasi. He said that the citizens paid no heed to those who wanted to politicise the issue and showed that mutual tolerance was the best human practice.
Javed Akhtar and Swami Agnivesh were among those who joined a ‘padyatra’ taken out from Lanka area to Chitranjan Park near Dashashwamedh area.
Meanwhile, former member of Parliament and senior Congress leader Dr. Ratnakar Pandey has strongly condemned the political parties for politicising the twin bomb blasts in Varanasi on March 7.
Talking to mediapersons here on Sunday, Dr. Pandey praised UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for visiting the city after the blasts. He said Sonia had also said in her message here that it was not an appropriate time for politicking.
Some political parties were now indulging in negative politics on the incident but the public was aware of their intention to derive political mileage. It was strange that so-called VVIPs had treated Varanasi as a picnic spot after the blasts, he said.