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Death of a commando
|A Gujarati Muslim died defending a Hindu temple against a terrorist attack. It was heartening to read that among those who laid down their lives fighting the terrorists who attacked the Akshardham temple was Al-lahrakha Unadjam of Umej village in Junagadh district, a state commando of the Group III SRPC company of Mandana( Banaskantha ). This news should have been given more prominence than it got in newspapers which have been highlighting the communal divide in the state. There are elements in every community and no one can claim that all its members are patriotic and that members of other communities are all anti-national.
By not recognising any good in a particular community and forcing them to suffer unnecessarily for selfish communal aims is to push them into the company of anti-nationals against their own wish, which can prove disastrous for the country though it may bring a particular party to power in a state or at the centre. Although they are sad at the loss of their son, the people of Umej are celebrating as the brave young Allahrakhan has shown both communities of Gujarat the right direction in serving the nation.
¯ Abdul Hafiz Lakhani, Gandhinagar