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Faith in religious harmony! Muslims offer water and juice to Hindus during Shobha Yatra in Noida

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Several states in India have reported instances of religious disparities during the celebration of Ram Navami, later followed by Hanuman Jayanti. At the same time, depicting the other side of the story, several instances of communal harmony were also reported where Hindus and Muslims celebrated their festivals together.

In Noida in Uttar Pradesh, Muslims recently distributed water, soft drinks and juices to hundreds of Hindus who took part in a religious procession on Sunday April 17, a day after clashes in Jahangirpuri from Delhi.

Members of the Hindu community took part in the ‘Shobha Yatra’, held a day after Hanuman Jayanti on April 16, amid high police alert following clashes in the nearby town of Delhi.

A Twitter user shared the video of the same, stating that Hindus and Muslims were peacefully running the Shobha Yatra, which passed through Baans Balli market in Noida.

Several Hindu women dressed in saffron garments also gathered, showering rose petals on the men leading the procession. Rahul Dubey, Media Officer of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Noida, told PTI: “The Shobha Yatra started from Sector 45 and went through Sectors 37, 18, 5, 8, 9, 12-22, finally culminating at the Hanuman Mandir in Sector 34. At the Bamboo Market in Sector 9, the Shobha Yatra was welcomed by members of the Muslim community who offered juice, cold drinks and water to the Hindus,” quoted The New Indian Express.

He called the Shobha Yatra a great success which went smoothly with peace, gathering massive supporters and ensuring no trouble during the procession.

Heavy deployment of the police

According to The Week, the event happened in the presence of a large police deployment with barricades and other security measures in place as a precaution.

About 300 police officers were posted on security duty. At the same time, senior Noida officials constantly assessed the situation as hundreds of saffron-clad men on foot, two-wheeled vehicles and four-wheeled vehicles roamed the city’s roads.

Videos of Muslims serving water, soft drinks and juices during the Hindu procession have gone viral on social media in what netizens have described as an example of “community harmony”. Amid the unrest that has erupted in several Indian states, where attempts are being made to undermine the unity and diversity of the country, such examples are a beacon of hope for a progressive India and for Indians in general.

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