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Humanism still alive in Gujarat
|The madness of communalism in Gujarat is the extreme but in spite of all this there are some examples which have given a slap on the face of communalism. On VHP’s call for ‘bandh’ when flames of communalism were high in Ahmadabad, there were people who were courageously facing the enraged and mad crowd in order to protect not only their neighbours but strangers also. Ladies were also in the fore front in protecting the innocent people from the riotous mobs.
In Shahi Bagh area of Ahmadabad two labourers were surrounded by rioters who appeared blood-thirsty after Husainbhai and Vanibahai. Ladies came up to protect them and requested the enrage crowd not to even touch these people until and unless the Girdha Nagar councillor, Narendra Brahma Bhat, who was to pass through that route, arrived there. Fortunately, Brahma Bhat reached that place and somehow succeeded in saving the lives of both these labourers.
A similar incident took place near Brahmpura police post at the residence of the famous dentist, Nesar Shaikh. The rioters had burnt his residence. Dr Shaikh and Dr Hashim Ansari Husaini lived in Lal Chowk area. All their neighbours had fled from that place even before the arrival of the rioters. Dr Shaikh and Dr Ansari could not decide what to do and where to go. Meanwhile a hawker, Bharatbhai reached the spot and saved them. Bharatbhai somehow diverted the attention of rioters and took both these doctors to his house and contacted Dr Shaikh’s brother-in-law, Manzoor Bhai in Teen Darwaza area. By the evening, Manzoor Bhai somehow reached Bharatbhai’s residence and from there he took Dr Shaikh and Dr Ansari to his residence.
Bharatbhai’s mother, when she came to know about all this, was happy and said that ‘Ishwar’ in fact provided security to Shaikhbhai and his family members and He in fact had sent her son Bharatbhai there to protect their lives. They had not eaten anything since morning because there was great tension in the entire area and disturbance and commotion was prevailing everywhere. Nesar Shaikh’s nephew, Saghir said that they are grateful to Bharatbhai and the residents of Chunni Lal Kachchi Mali Cahli who helped them.
(Akhbare Nau, 13-19 March 2002) q
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