Jashn-e-Ekta: Shaheen Bagh Protesters Organise Multi-faith Prayer

Jashn-e-Ekta: Shaheen Bagh Protesters Organise Multi-faith Prayer

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New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh has been the epicentre of anti-CAA-NRC-NPR protests for over a month, and has invited divided opinions. On 6 February, the people of Shaheen Bagh organised Jashn-e-Ekta, to celebrate unity and solidarity.

The multi-faith ceremony saw participation of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian priests.

While Hindu priests performed a Yagna for peace, Christian nuns sang hymns and read passages from the Holy Bible. Similarly, Sikh and Muslim clerics recited messages of peace from Quran and Guru Granth Sahib. 
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“People say that Shaheen Bagh is a site just for Muslims, that the women here are taking Rs 500 to be here, and that it’s congregation of Muslims. To them, I want to say that this mindset needs to be discarded. This is for all Indians. Everyone did a ‘havan’, read the Quran, read Sikh teaching; everyone was present for all.”
Sant Yuvraj, Hindu priest 

The women, who have been at the forefront of the protests, were at the forefront of the celebrations too – singing and chanting slogans.

Most protesters concurred that the ceremony was organised to create a sense of unity and solidarity among the people.

The protests at Shaheen Bagh have been going on for over 50 days, with protesters sitting on the streets 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Also Read : Shaheen Bagh Women’s Silent Protest Speaks Louder Than Words  

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