The rains that battered Chennai have brought unprecedented hardship to the city. But what’s striking is that it also brought with it cohesion and some of the best examples of secularism in the country.
One such example is the work done by the members of Jamaat-e-Islami, a non- government organisation (NGO), in the city.
For the past few days, they have worked hard and cleaned two temples, in Kotturpuram and Saidapet.
The members of this organisation found out that Hindus were not able to worship in some areas because of the floods. So, they took the mission of cleaning temples and mosques and streets damaged in these two areas.
Peer Mohammad, a postgraduate in engineering and a student wing secretary (social service) of Jamaat-e-Islami, said that they are planning to do the same work in the coming weeks in different parts of the city.
“Throughout the process, people there helped us and were very happy that the cleaning was done,” he added.
Jalaludeen, secretary of the group, said they took utmost care while cleaning the temples in both areas.
Likewise, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also came to the forefront in helping the people and proved that when it comes to crises, they forget their ideological differences and help their fellow country men.
In fact, RSS men and Muslim organisations stood united in offering help to the people of deluged city. As per the social media, some volunteers belonging to a Hindu group ensured that the delivery of a pregnant Muslim woman happened safely and she has given birth to a healthy child at this time of crisis. A Brahmin elderly cook has been single-handedly cooking food for hundreds of flood-affected victims and his photo is being virally shared with respect by many youngsters.
A group of churches in Chennai have announced that they will not organize any functions to celebrate Christmas this year and the funds for that will be allocated to help the flood affected victims.
Muslims offered Friday prayers outside the mosques so that people from other communities can take shelter in those mosques.
People belonging to the minority Jain community also played a vital role in supplying food to the rain affected interior parts of North Chennai. Sikhs have also played an important role in rescue and relief operations.
Many slum dwellers mention the phenomenal help rendered by Marwaris in distributing basic necessities like food and water during the days of severe rains and flood.
Amid the hate politics and the growing debate on intolerance in the country, Chennai has set a perfect example of humanity which needs to followed by the whole country.