And before sunset on the same day, Mumbai’s Mahim Dargah set an example for the religious brigades and the leaders on both sides of the political spectrum, who try to divide the country on communal lines, by hoisting a tricolour inside the dargah.
It is the first time since the country’s independence that a tricolour has been hoisted inside a dargah.
Just a few days ago, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi had raised heckles of a certain section of the society by openly declaring that he won’t chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was to unfurl the tricolour, but he got delayed because of the ongoing session in the state assembly. Undeterred, Suhail Khandwani, the president of the dargah’s trust, unfurled the Indian national flag. The dargah is marking its 603 Urs (death anniversary of a saint) of Makhdoom Ali Mahimi (1372-1431 AD).