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a Congress activist from Maharashtra.’ This is why now barely 40 people visit the mosque every day whereas earlier the number was over 300. After the Babri Masjid demolition security was increased here and nothing has been the same since” says Ahmad He says he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he had come to offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath last May after winning the Lok Sabha elections “Modiji was returning from the temple when I had come out of mosque after offering namaz in evening I moved forward to congratulate him and he received my wishes” says Ahmad adding that he hadn’t voted for Modi Inside the mosque that gets its name from a well (Gyanvapi means well of knowledge) on its two-and-a-half acre campus Imam Mehboob Alam exchanges greetings with devotees The imam says he too has complained to security officials about Muslims being harassed in the name of frisking “This has resulted in many people going away from Gyanvapi to offer namaz in the neighbouring Bibi Razia mosque” says Alam But he too is certain that nobody will take the mosque away from the community In this ancient city where temples and mosques stand alongside commerce is often the intersection where communities meet In the lane that leads to the Kashi Vishwanath and Gyanvapi of the 30 shops that sell flowers and other temple offerings four are run by Muslims “We sold cosmetics earlier but after the Babri mosque demolition I decided to quit that business and started selling fruits flowers and milk for the temple around 12 years ago” says 31-year-old Arif Jabbar But Jabbar had to put up with a lot of resistance “The other shop owners initially tried to ruin our business Whenever they saw a customer approaching me they would shout out that I was a Muslim that I ate meat and that they should not take flowers from my hand We all complained to the administration and they suggested we employ Hindu boys to sell the offerings So now I have employed Hindus They handle the offerings and I handle the payments” says Arif That he says bought peace and relations between him and other shopkeepers have been cordial for the past few years Now he says they all celebrate festivals like Holi and Eid together The two communities are still learning to navigate their way through everyday problems — the threat to the Gyanvapi mosque is the most recent one While the hostilities have ceased the “non-vegetarian” tag hasn’t been that easy to shake off Tipu Sultan 32 whose shop stands opposite Arif’s says he has stopped having lunch at his shop altogether “I don’t even get dal-chawal because people think there is meat in my lunch box Other Muslims shop owners too have stopped carrying lunch” says Sultan who too has employed two Hindu boys to sell offerings to devotees As dusk settles over the sprawling city the sound of the temple bells and the azaan blend into each other The minarets of the Gyanvapi mosque watch over Manikarnika the ghat lit by countless pyres 57-year-old Abdul Jabbar looks wistfully at the mosque he has prayed in for decades and says “It is our right to pray here Muslims and Hindus now live here in harmony and understanding If any issue comes up we will settle it between us” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 26 2016 12:19 pm Kalikho Pul conducting a surprise inspection of a Government Higher Secondary School Ziro in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh (File photo) Top News President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesdaycondoled the death of former Arunachal Pradesh chief ministerKalikho Pul saying his passing away is a loss for the state aswell as the country? download Indian Express App More Related News2 Urmila, Pulwama,’’ Sources said the efforts to ‘sideline’ Roy are also aimed at establishing Mamata’s nephew and Diamond Harbour MP Abhisek Banerjee as her political successor. It rejects Mr Singh’s utterances with the contempt it deserves.

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