Blasts fail to disrupt communal harmony in Jaipur

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Jaipur, May 19 : The terror strike that ripped apart Jaipur recently,has failed to disrupt communal harmony among the resident communities.

"This incident happened for the first time in Jaipur. But despite that, nowhere conflict relating to religion arose. It was solely related to humanity, and wherever people saw any individual in pain, they went ahead to help him irrespective of his religion. They just rendered their services voluntarily," said Mohammad Salim, a local.

"This common sentiment prevailed throughout the city. The government was very scared as it feared communal riots. It imposed curfew as well, but nothing of this sort happened,"he added.

Hindus and Muslims have been living together harmoniously in Jaipur foreveral centuries.

Nine blasts that killed approximately 63 people, injuring more than 200 people and curfew imposed in parts of the city for two days could not succeed in spreading communal hatred.

"Everybody is equal for us. There is no religious bias. We buy stuff from them and so do they. There is no difference of any sort," said Sanjay, a local resident.

City has witnessed strong bonds between the two communities in social contact as well as in the context of business, where in more then half a dozen small and medium ventures has seen the involvement of both communities.

"In the entire Jaipur city, strong relations between Hindus and Muslims can be witnessed in terms of business and social aspect which is basically staying together. They somehow cannot stay away from each other. For instance in the business of lac bangles, mostly Muslims are involved, but its major customers belong to the Hindu community. It holds a significant importance for them, as it is symbolic of their religion," said Khalid Usmani, a Muslim Cleric.

People are striving hard to bring life back to normal, even though the losses they bore can never be reclaimed.

ANI

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