Sikh-Muslim Fraternity Will Be Remembered: Bindra Who Sold Flat for Langer at Shaheen Bagh

Bindra says he wants to highlight the fraternity that exists between Sikhs and Muslims....

NEW DELHI – “Waheguru has asked me to come in here and start the langar,” says advocate DS Bindra who practises law at the Karkardooma court and is now a prominent presence at Shaheen Bagh. His langar service on the lines of the free food service by the Sikh community is continuing at the protest site for many days now, and he is doing his best to help the sit-in protesters here.

Initially he didn’t think the sit-in protests would continue for very many days. Now, he is short of funds to organize the langar on a daily basis for longer periods. He would not leave this half-way, and decided to sell one of his flats to raise money for continuation of the langar’...

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MUSLIM-SIKH-HINDU FRATERNITY

While leaders of the BJP have been spewing communal venom over the Shaheen Bagh sit-in campaign, Bindra says he wants to highlight the fraternity that exists between Sikhs and Muslims. The act is simply to turn the slogan of ‘Hindu-Muslim-Sikh Isayi, aapas me hain bhai-bhai’ (We are all brothers) into meaningful actions. “It’s easy to raise a slogan but not so easy to implement it,” notes Bindra.

Though many have admired Bindra’s langar service at Shaheen Bagh, the police and the local administration are not enthused. They tried to thwart the langar. Bindra notes that one day the police came in, disrupted the service and took away all the utensils from Bindra. Still, Bindra made sure that the langar continued, though at a modest level. The food was prepared in the parking area within the vicinity of the protest site and then distributed. The cause, he believes, is for the wider humanity...

...Bindra says he has a home and two more flats under his ownership. He is resolute that he would continue with the langar service as long as the protest continues.

Condemning the communal views being expressed by leaders of the Hindutva brigade, Bindra says, “It does not matter what the invading ‘Mughals’ did long ago, and all those actions cannot be a justification for the wrongs we do now.”

“We are creating new history here now. Whenever the Shaheen Bagh sit-in protest is remembered, this langar and the fraternity of two communities too will be remembered,” he says...

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