For every atrocity, there is an act of kindness that restores our faith in humanity. While on one hand, a Muslim man is cruelly lynched for eating beef in Dadri, on the other hand, Hindu devotees help a Muslim woman deliver her baby in a Ganpati temple in Mumbai.
Yes, this seems like a scene straight from a Bollywood film. Noor Jahan (24), and her husband Ilyaz Shaikh (27) had their worst fear played out when they were on the way to the hospital when Noor went into labour. The taxi driver, fearing a mess in his car, threw them out of the cab.
Standing right there on the street, the Muslim couple was helpless and distressed at a time when the Dadri incident is still all over news and fresh in public consciousness. Ilyaz told
“We were so worried. My wife was close to delivering the baby and all we could see was a Ganpati Mandir. As soon as we got down outside the temple, some women, who were sitting in the verandah of the mandir, rushed to help us. We didn’t even have to ask.”
Yes, there is still some good left in the world. These women were Hindu devotees and had come to the temple to pray. Acting swiftly, they built a make-shift quarter with sarees and bedsheets for Noor Jahan to deliver the baby.
“I was tense when I was close to delivering in the middle of the road. But when I saw that there was a temple, I realised that God himself is watching over us. What could be better than giving birth in front of Lord Ganpati,” Noor Jahaan said.
Noor delivered a healthy baby boy, and she and her husband are planning to name the boy Ganesh. A Muslim boy called Ganesh, who was born in a Ganpati temple – his birth story will go down in history as an inspiring reminder of humanity triumphing over religion. That’s real India for you.