‘Ishwar Allah Tero Naam

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 09:28:45


By Kartik Lokhande,

The girls from Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh regions visit the city, enjoy cultural exchange through stay at the homes of courteous Nagpurians, and spread the message of love, peace, and integrity

As the darkness falls, situation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir changes. However, in Nagpur, as the darkness fell on Sunday evening, the cheerful voices of girls from Jammu and Kashmir -- emanating from Devi Ahalya Mandir in Dhantoli -- rose to their sweet peak. So bright was the laughter and so illuminating were the songs they sang that those dispelled the darkness... from the atmosphere and from the hearts.

Girls from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, visited Nagpur on the special invitation of Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who wanted them to witness the ‘Vijayadashami Utsav’ of RSS on the occasion of Dussehra.

The girls, who study in Janak Madan Kanya Chhatrawas -- Drishti based in Jammu, came to Nagpur on September 29 morning. Accompanied by the dedicated workers of Sewa Bharti from Jammu, these girls visited various places including National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Bal Jagat, Swaminarayan Temple, and also witnessed ‘Vijayadashami Utsav’ of RSS at Reshimbag ground. Later, they stayed with different families -- two girls with one family. On Sunday, as these girls formed teams and played ‘Antakshari’, suprisingly mostly non-filmy patriotic songs, they appeared least tired with their schedule. In fact, it appeared refreshed.

“Of course, we are refreshed. We saw a lot many things in Nagpur. For the first time in our life, we saw Dussehra celebrations. We liked the manner in which people exchanged leaves of ‘Sona’ (Aapta tree) and greeted each other on this occasion. Watching ‘Vijayadashami Utsav’ at Reshimbag was a wonderful experience,” said Sapna Devi, who hails from Kadlal village in Doda district of Jammu region. During her stay with a family, Sapna also learnt how to make Maharashtrian delicacy ‘Thalipeeth’ as she liked it very much.

Hittika Devi from village Dungara in Kathua district in Jammu region added boldly, “We loved ‘Puran Poli’ and ‘Shrikhand’ also.” Their friends Jigmat Choszin from village Dha in Leh district of Ladakh region, Tsewang Dolma from village Biama of Ladakh region, Seerat Ashraf from Udipora in Kupwara district of Kashmir region, and Mehnaz Akhtar from Baramulla district, nod in agreement. All of them liked ‘Puran Poli’ the most.

Asked about the affairs at their native places, the girls responded in different ways thereby reflecting the ground situation. The girls from Ladakh said, “We have to live through extreme cold and nowadays weather is changing and there had been a cloudburst some years ago.” The girls from Jammu said, “We are living in a peaceful region.” The girls from Kashmir region said, “There is problem because of militancy. Children want to study but due to turmoil, schools remain shut down for days together. Our studies get affected.”

All of them were full of hope, however, that their own contribution would change the situation in respective regions. Getting education, knowing more about various districts of the State, singing songs that talk of love and affection for all human beings, reading books has opened new avenues for them. All of them have some or the other aspiration.

Jigmat and Tsewang want to join the Indian Police Service (IPS), Hittika Devi wants to become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Sapna Devi wants to join the Indian Army, Seerat Ashraf aspires to become a Judge, while Mehnaz Akhtar wants to become a doctor. Though their dreams and pursuits appear to be different, they are actually one. For, the motivation is the same -- to serve the country and do something better for people. All of them are studying in Playway House High Standard School, Paunichak in Jammu region.

Already, they know how to sing the same song in 11 languages including Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Bangla, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Ladakhi, Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi, and Sanskrit. “Now, we have been given the task of singing the same song with same meaning in 16 languages,” added Hittika Devi. The common theme is ‘Prakruti Evam Desh’ (Nature and Nation).

As they were talking, the other members of the visiting group of girls started another activity. Soon, these young girls too joined them and sung, “Ishwar Allah Tero Naam...’ Darkness was long dispelled by the enlightened hearts.