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Hindus & Muslims build temple and mosque at Latur

People of Rui village in Latur district of Maharashtra have constructed a temple and a Mosque for each other’s community in order to promote unity and tolerance between Hindus and Muslims. Ram temple which was destroyed nearly 275 years ago during a conflict between the Peshwas and the Nizam of Hyderabad and a Masjid/Dargah which was destroyed 63 years ago by some members of Hindu community while protesting their anger for the violence under the Razakar Movement in 1947-48 have been rebuilt by both these communities.

The inauguration of these newly built masjid and mandir was held on 9 April with a National Conference on Communal Harmony. Vishwanath D Karad while talking to reporters on 5 April said, “The people belonging to all religions, as well as all castes and communities have willingly come together for the renovation and reconstruction of the Shri Ram Temple and the Jama Masjid/Dargah Sharif. This is nothing but historic. S.N. Pathan former VC of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University said that people of the area have set an example and it should be emulated by the people of India in order to promote peace and tranquillity.

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 19

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