A few months ago, Rawatpura, a village situated on the outskirts of Kanpur was in the news for communal flare-ups and many wrong reasons. However, with the mass marriage of 10 Hindu and Muslim couples, it has become a perfect example of brotherhood and secularism.
The unique idea was that of a social activist Mohammad Shakeel who was disturbed with the developments of communal dissent. He came up with an idea of a mass marriage of Hindu and Muslim couples. The occasion was hosted by 8,000 locals and all the couples irrespective of their communities were married under one roof.
It was a mesmerising view amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns and Quranic verses. Aarti welcomed Suresh while Rahman hugged Nausheen and congratulated each other.
The Pandits performed the rituals and Qazi solemnised the nikah. Rawatpura became a testament to harmony.
Mohammad Shakeel did not think that this idea would receive such an overwhelming response. Speaking to the Hindustan Times, he said, “I had no idea that I will get such a positive response. Everyone supported it. People made arrangements for the weddings, and the whole market was closed as the entire village was there to attend the ceremony. The gesture was so heart-warming.”
The brides and the grooms of both the communities congratulated and welcomed each other before the ceremony. During the event, guests showered petals on the couples, and everyone wanted the same initiative to foster brotherhood and communal harmony.
Last year on Shakeel’s initiative, Muslims had helped the Ram Navami procession and Hindus escorted the procession to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad.
In the times, when the world is gripped with problems like racism, communal disharmony and war, this gesture is proof of the unity people share amongst each other.