Vadodara (Gujarat), 03rd September 2014: With an aim to establish peace and communal harmony in the city, the Vadodara unit of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind took out peace rallies and distributed roses at crowded commercial streets in different areas like Pani Gate, Mandvi Gate and Juni Gadi. Under the leadership of JIH, people belonging to both Muslim and Hindu communities stood with the placards appealing to people to keep calm during the ongoing Ganesha festival and urging the masses to promote communal harmony.
Shaukat Indori, the president of JIH’s city Unit said that Vadodara has a history of communal tensions especially during the rituals of Ganesha immersion. Moreover, a total of fifteen riots were reported during the last four months which was another cause of worry. Indori further added that the JIH was wary of the situation and made efforts in uniting the Muslim community to play a role of responsible citizens. They had subsequently led a delegation and submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner of the City on 02nd September.
The delegation had a detailed discussion with the Police authorities in ensuring avoidance of any violent incidents and maintaining peace in the city. Indori further said that the efforts turned out to be a very productive exercise as the ritual of Ganesha immersion passed off very peacefully.
The efforts of JIH were appreciated by the citizens of Vadodara and also received a wide coverage in the local print and electronic media. Eminent personalities and NGOs of the city including Prof. J.S. Bandukwala, Munir Kheruwala (Vice President – All India Milli Council), Gulabsinh Rajput, Jayantibhai Dresswala and Lions Club of Vadodara also participated in the peace drive.