Sidelined stories of affection and harmony

published on June 12, 2013


Thirteen years ago, a Muslim housewife in Kerala had stopped an old and destitute Brahmin widow from jumping in front of a train and ending a life for which she saw no hope.
The Muslim woman, then 34, took the 76-year-old  Namboothiri woman home, gave her shelter and sowed the seeds for an unusual relationship that bloomed despite their religious and cultural differences.
Their story of affection and harmony inspired Malayalam producer-director Babu Thiruvalla’s film Thanichalla Njam (I am not alone), which went on to win the national award for 2012 for best feature film on national integration recently.

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Chelva Pilla’s take

Famous film producer and director V K Santaram made a film before partition. In that a Hindu and Moslem save each others life , even at risk of their own. That was during height of partition riots. Truth is stranger than fiction. There are several instances of members of one community helping the other.
Lahore which had slight Hindu majority in the city and Moslem majority in surrounding areas , was expected to go to India. However when decision was announced in Pakistan favor. all hell broke lose. Lahore also had considerable RSS presence. Many RSS men bravely volunteered to save people. While they helped Hindus escape towards India, they also helped Muslems caught in Hindu areas to reach safety of their own kinsmen.

In Maharashtra a Moslem young girl was found homeless and orphaned. A RSS office bearer took her to his family . She was raised as Muslim. And when time for marriage came, he found a suitable Muslim boy and had her married to him. The marriage was attended by both Hindus and Muslims.
Below  is another story in similar vein.
 Left to themselves the people of India who are most accommodating and congenial would have solved communal problem long time back. Mosques in Karachi used to put lights and lamps during Deepavali to honor Hindu festive season. 1857 of course saw great unity and had it succeeded an United States of India would have emerged,  a positive powerful force in the world. However politicians of all brands, continued divide and rule policy of British to the detriment of both Hindus and Muslims.
Nevertheless the divide being an anomaly, since all anomalies only have short life, it wont be too long before people of India see more things common with each other and among all groups to emerge as powerful strong united nation from Attok to Cuttock , from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

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