Tolerance campaign reaches Srinagar: Blindfolded Kashmiri Pandit asks people to hug him
Tolerance campaign seems to be spreading fast to almost every part of the country. As the Indian Parliament debates the issue and a united opposition tries to confront the ruling dispensation, almost every section of the population is trying to highlight the increasing level of intolerance across the nation.
In the meantime people are taking unique steps to highlight the issue in their own ways. Reports suggest that a Kashmiri Pandit stood blindfolded in the heart of this majority Muslim city asking people to hug him to exhibit brotherhood between various communities in the troubled Kashmir Valley.
The man whose name is Sandeep Mawa and who is a medical doctor by profession, stood at Press Colony here asking people to hug him. He was accompanied by members from Sikh and majority Muslim community, who embraced people irrespective of their religion to send a message of tolerance.
Mawa who is trying to remove misconceptions about different communities in the area said, â€œWe, all humans, are alike. When God has not differentiated between us, why should there be any division? There should not be any intolerance. This is the message we want to send acrossâ€.
He also heads Jammu and Kashmir Reconciliation Front. He went on to add that the basic aim of the campaign is to promote universal brotherhood, interfaith dialogue, tolerance and also build bridges between people of different communities within the state. â€œWe do not want politicians and agencies to divide people on the basis of religion. We will not allow anyone to harm Kashmiriyat. We oppose the hate campaign. The politics of religion is not goodâ€ he went on to add.