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Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority.—Photo by author
Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority.—Photo by author
Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority. —Photo by author
Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority. —Photo by author

Pakistan has become synonymous with terrorism. On most local and international news channels, we hear about minorities getting slaughtered at the hands of extremists; attacks on temples, churches, imambargahs; or the forced conversions of Hindus and Christians in the country.

I reckon you might be pleasantly surprised to know that there is a small town in Tharparkar, a district of the Sindh province where none of this is happening.

Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority. In this quiet portion of a sprawling desert, both Hindus and Muslims have lived together like brothers since the creation of Pakistan.

In November 2014, when I was selected for a three-week fellowship programme in the United States, I met a gentleman from Sindh who was also among my batch. He introduced himself like this:

"I am a Hindu from Sindh, but throughout my life I have lived with Muslims and this is why during Ramazan, we fast along with them; and when it is Muharram, us Hindu boys lead the procession because this is the culture which Sufism has given us".

I was dumbstruck at the idea of a Hindu fasting in Ramazan or leading a Muharram procession. Was this actually true?

Then, in February this year, I happened to travel to Tharparkar with friends to view the drought-affected areas and launch some projects to overcome the disaster that hits every year. After a 20-hour arduous road and rail journey, I finally reached the quaint little town of Mithi, and here I experienced what I had never expected to see in a Pakistani town.

Mithi is as sweet as the name it has been given. Approximately 80 per cent of the population here is Hindu. It is a town where Muslims, out of respect for Hindus, do not slaughter cows; and where Hindus, out of respect for Muslim rites, have never organised any marriage ceremonies or celebrations during the month of Muharram.

Not only that, the Hindus of Mithi also happily participate in providing food and drinks for Muslims during Ramazan, and both groups exchange sweets on Eid and Diwali. The crime rate in Mithi is at two per cent and never has anyone witnessed any incident of religious intolerance.

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Speaking with the locals of Mithi, I discovered that here, one could find Hindu speakers organising majaalis in Muharram – something I haven't seen anywhere else in Pakistan – and as my friend in the United States had stated, I heard Hindus sharing their account of Muharram, where they led Ashura processions and provided assistance to procession members in a city where Muslims hardly made up 20 per cent of the population.

A Muslim resident of Thar shared his account by saying:

"In our village, Hindus and Muslims have been living together for decades and there has not been a single day, when I have seen a religious conflict. No loud speaker is used for Azaan at the time when Hindus are worshiping in their temple, and no bells are rung when it is time for namaz. Nobody eats in public when it is Ramazan and Holi is played by every member of the village."

I had always heard stories about interfaith harmony from Sindh but it was so much more amazing to see it firsthand. The love and brotherhood that exists between the Hindus and Muslims of Mithi is a perfect example of pluralism and the tolerant Sufi culture of Sindh.

The author, with his team from 'Humans of Pakistan' seen with Mr Nizam (extreme left), a Muslim, and Mama Vishan (extreme right), a Hindu, who are running a welfare organisation which provides blood donations and ambulance services to the people of Mithi. The friendship between Nizam and Vishan goes back 25 years.
The author, with his team from 'Humans of Pakistan' seen with Mr Nizam (extreme left), a Muslim, and Mama Vishan (extreme right), a Hindu, who are running a welfare organisation which provides blood donations and ambulance services to the people of Mithi. The friendship between Nizam and Vishan goes back 25 years.

If you think Pakistan is all about bombing churches, destroying temples, Talibanisation, slaughtering religious minorities, and forced conversion, I would request you to visit Mithi at least once.

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Mithi gives interfaith harmony a new meaning. Religious intolerance elsewhere has barely made a dent in Hindu-Muslim brotherhood over here. They live, eat, and work together, because according to them, it is in their culture.

All religions contradict each other, but that does not mean their followers should make their own colonies on that base alone.

People can and do coexist. It is only the bigots who cannot, and they can be found in every religious group. We must not let them take over the beautiful communities of Pakistan.

Respecting each others' beliefs is the solution of a lot of Pakistan's current predicaments. Religions differ, humans don't.

Mithi at night.
Mithi at night.

—Photos by author


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Hassan Raza is a journalism student.

He works passionately to bridge the gaps between people of all religious communities within Pakistan.


The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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NoName Mar 04, 2015 04:12pm

Important part is Hindus are in majority here. So muslims should introspect why do not they live in peace whenever and where ever they are in majority.

Ash Mar 04, 2015 04:16pm

This is a wonderful story! congrats for bringing this up to everyones notice! We must learn something from this.

Best regards, Ash

ashish Mar 04, 2015 04:22pm

Why is that all I read here is that Hindus fast and organize islamic festivals. Well, I can say that Hindus are doing this to survive. I didn't see muslims adopting Hindu festivals?

Raja, bhopal Mar 04, 2015 04:22pm

Its True, If Hindus (Educated or illiterate) in Majority They Create Peaceful , Equal religious Atmosphere, But If Muslim (Only illiterate) They Create Very comfortless Atmosphere, Where Hindu and also liberal Muslim Feel Very Uncomfortable to Live.

Haris kayani Mar 04, 2015 04:23pm

This is what Sufism taught the people of most of part of Pakistan & particularly Sindh which is virutal practiced only in some part of Sindh's like Mitti because of the country is already radicalize by our religious contractors to redefine all our social life with their own prospective.

lafanga Mar 04, 2015 04:27pm

Only if India can follow this example of peaceful coexistence.

janis Mar 04, 2015 04:27pm

Proof that if Hindus are majority they live peacefully in coexistance with other religions but not so when other religion is in majority.

Ashish Mar 04, 2015 04:28pm

Good to read that ...

Syed Ganga Din Mar 04, 2015 04:29pm

They get along because they are equal economically. That's what needs to be done with rest of the Pakistan. Equal distribution of wealth.

Dr BN Anand Mar 04, 2015 04:31pm

Incredible . All the credit to Dawn for bringing out this story to enlighten the society and people of this country.

NIRAJCHAWHAN Mar 04, 2015 04:33pm

First time I am reading about pluralism in Pakistan . How nice it would be if entire Muslim population in Pakistan be as tolerant as Muslim in Mithi village.

phoenix Mar 04, 2015 04:34pm

Now it has come to the notice of peaceful groups and should see how long they will hold themselves from butchering this village!!

Laxman Subramanian Mar 04, 2015 04:36pm

Good to hear. Best wishes to Pakistan!

lafanga Mar 04, 2015 04:36pm

@Raja, bhopal Yes agreed. We saw example of this "peaceful coexistence" in Gujarat and during 1984 Sikh riots. Let's not mention ghar wapsi, love jihad, babri masjid, untouchables etc etc etc.

logic Mar 04, 2015 04:37pm

@lafanga Are you feeling OK - there are 125 million Muslims in India & I do not think they live in fear

lafanga Mar 04, 2015 04:40pm

@janis "Proof that if Hindus are majority they live peacefully in coexistance with other religions"

Yes agreed 100%. Too bad 2000 Muslims of Gujarat cannot read your comment.

joe Mar 04, 2015 04:41pm

That is the reason there is PEACE in India..

sporting spirit Mar 04, 2015 04:41pm

Now thats what i was talking about.....but... but.. now in news we have to see if Mithi become role model for whole Pak or model Pak will change Mithi

joy Mar 04, 2015 04:42pm

i am a crhistan...but reason feel for the communal harmony in india even though most of the people are uneducated is a hindu majoriy in the country...

Mohammad Abdul Wahab Mar 04, 2015 04:44pm

@ashish Its out of sheer love for each other. Mere 20% population is too less to exercise any pressure.

Tranquil Mar 04, 2015 04:47pm

@janis I can just laugh how masters you Indians are When muslims in India do the same practice you claim it Its cuz we are Indians and secular nation of the world. But When such positive news come on surface from Pakistan you say " Hindus " know how to live in peace they are great etc. Why you feel uncomfortable calling them first Pakistani than Hindu , Pakistani Hindus and The Pakistani Muslims.

Would be thankful if you start thinking like this.

Mohammad Abdul Wahab Mar 04, 2015 04:48pm

Dear Hassan Raza, Bravo! A very good job done. Thanks for highlighting that. You must have taken pains to visit Tharparkar. Its a pity that the most corrupt govt. of Sindh hasn't developed Thar, the way it was supposed to be done. People may say due to majority of Hindus but what have they done in Muslim majority areas. Nothing. What can you expect from power hungry mercenaries and corrupt bigots..

deep Mar 04, 2015 04:51pm

hindus are tolerant they are in majority not muslims sir

TrollMeNot Mar 04, 2015 04:51pm

@lafanga Wherever there are Hindus in majority there is always peace. All problematic areas in India are Muslim majority. I think that suits Pakistan as well..

Mohammad Abdul Wahab Mar 04, 2015 04:52pm

@Mammataz A true muslim is caring and sympathetic to the followers of every religion. Only intolerant and extremist people think like that. Please read Islamic history and Sunnah to know about the extraordinary treatment great muslims used to mete out to non muslims.... Pity is that we don't study and continue with wrong ideas and beliefs in the name of Islam. Islam teaches love, fraternity, brotherhood, allegiance, care, concern, help, assistance, cooperation, sacrifice, etc.

mak Mar 04, 2015 04:53pm

@lafanga nope that can never happen as long as people like you are there! India will never learn!

Subash Mar 04, 2015 04:53pm

Whosoever is Majoirty or Minority .. Happy to see few parts of the world where sensible people live .. thanks for the piece of good news ..

Sid Mar 04, 2015 04:55pm

Thanks DAWN. Pakistan has done no favors to themselves by abandoning its very own sufism and adopting Arabic practices and intolerance.

genesis Mar 04, 2015 04:59pm

It is so easy to replicate this model all over the world but the religious fanatics will not allow as their role and importance will be diluted

tarun Mar 04, 2015 04:59pm

So basically the town goes against Muslim league's two nation theory..

FutureWizard Mar 04, 2015 05:00pm

@lafanga sure, let us reduce Muslim population from 15% to 2% (same way Hindu's were reduced), later we can talk about this. I'll be happy to see Muslim fasting on Navratri.

genesis Mar 04, 2015 05:03pm

@Dr BN Anand Now that this story has come to light one hopes they will be allowed to live their life and will not be preached or attacked as this may upset the mullahs and ayatollahs.

Rana mujahid Mar 04, 2015 05:05pm

@lafanga Gujarat was only a retaliation of the sinsinster acts and naforious designs of muslims..Gojarat happened after Godhra.. Else Hindus are most peaceful across the globe by default...Look at what muslims do..Across the globe by default

Mustafa Mar 04, 2015 05:10pm

@Raja, bhopal;

If Hindu majority produces peace why is India so violent against minorities?

Ali Mar 04, 2015 05:14pm

Hasan very proud of you for writing this and for eliminating intolerance. We need to return to Jinnah's vision where we shared this beautiful country with minorities and everyone had equal opportunity to serve Pakistan, regardless of religion and gender. Please keep doing this good work.

Devendra Mar 04, 2015 05:15pm

@lafanga your name says it all. Come to India you will see this every where. Why do you think we have Sharukh, Aamir, Saif, Salmans of the world prospering in India? Now please name 5 prominent Hindu film star in Pakistan or people from any sphere of life. Take this as an exercise

Joker Mar 04, 2015 05:19pm

Indian trolls, these are not Muslims who attached and attacking mosques and churches in India. They are so called peaceful Gandhi fighters.

INDIAN Mar 04, 2015 05:19pm

proud to be hindu...

Manoj raina, J&K(India) Mar 04, 2015 05:19pm

Hindus throughout the world respect other religions and have never tried to create hurdles for other believers. Whether in majority or minority, hindus believe in co-existence of mankind. However, the same is not true in relation to other religions which are bent to destroy the followers of other belief. Even in hindu prayers we say "Pranayu mai satbhavana ho aur vishwav kaa kalyan ho" means all human shall live in peace and love and world should progress.

Ali Mar 04, 2015 05:19pm

@janis Hindus are in majority in India but the reality is not only are minorities discriminated against for jobs, loans etc but also do not escape from murder and tyranny; babri mosque, then gujrat riots and many others. And yes please do not present me bollywood as proof of your peaceful existence, if you could find non muslims to replace them you would do that in a heart beat!

valiya Mar 04, 2015 05:19pm

what a wonderful people in this tiny part. The whole world must learn from them. Hats off to these great people for showing religion is for peace, tolerance, cohabitation , betterment of society and entire human kind.

lafanga Mar 04, 2015 05:20pm

@FutureWizard "sure, let us reduce Muslim population from 15% to 2% (same way Hindu's were reduced)"

Same tired lie. Hindu population was "reduced" in Pakistan because in 1971 East Pakistan became Bangladesh where majority of Hindus lived. Do some fact checking before posting rubbish.

Subhajit Basu Mar 04, 2015 05:21pm

good to read, but the reality unknown

B Mar 04, 2015 05:21pm

@ Janis. Seriously, not to mention the forced conversions of muslims and christians in india recently and the banning of slaughter of cows. Relgious fundamentalists also exist in india. But somehow only muslim fundamentalists make news in the western world.

lafanga Mar 04, 2015 05:23pm

@Rana mujahid "Gujarat was only a retaliation of the sinsinster acts and naforious designs of muslims"

We have heard this reason over and over again. They did it to retaliate. Same thing they did to Rohingya Muslims in Burma. Retaliate. Otherwise Hindus are very peaceful. Same tired and flawed argument can go the other way. ISIS are beheading people because {fill in the blank for excuse}.

Arun Mar 04, 2015 05:24pm

@lafanga 500 muslims not 2000. 350 Hindus were shot dead by police. This exaggeration & then playing victim has got the Muslims to where they are today, on the radar of hellfire Drones.

Kartikey mishra Mar 04, 2015 05:24pm

I have already heared mithi in recent timds where hindus chilldren die due to health &food .thare is always a hindu region in pakistan & these dalit hindus have suffred a lot in so many times. They r poor thats y dont know that there is no future in pakistan. & they have to leave from pak to india one day same when 5 lakhs hindu already came in india from pak after partion in 47,65,71,99.one day they will feel about thais.

Ravindra Sharma Mar 04, 2015 05:26pm

Punjabis of both side are arrogant , violent , bully and half literate but posing that they are sons of Arya Bhatt and Newton and this is the main problem in the sub continent . During Mauryan and Gupta empire when the capital was Pataliputra , present Patna the sub continent was most peaceful there after violence engulfed the entire region and Punjabis are the main violence monger .

lafanga Mar 04, 2015 05:29pm

@Devendra "Sharukh, Aamir, Saif, Salmans of the world prospering in India?"

So this is your proof that because some Khan's are working in Bollywood so India must be tolerant LOL. On the same token, Pakistan had a Hindu supreme court justice named Rana Bhagwandas who recently passed away. For few months, he was also the chief justice of the Supreme court of Pakistan.

rahul1 Mar 04, 2015 05:29pm

This was true in entire South Asia not only in Mithi, Pakistan Hind-Muslim hatred/supremacy was prevalent amongst urban elitist restricted to cities - could NOT spoil age old 'Being human' - irrespective of 'religion' thinking of rural areas........... till petro dollars created the havoc. Everyone suddenly has started dressing like Arab and started learning Arabi - leaving behind Farsi, Urdu and other languages

Munna Mar 04, 2015 05:30pm

@ashish True, that.

Kumar Mar 04, 2015 05:30pm

I am hindu from Mithi. We participate in Muhram procession and celebrate Holi and Diwali. Now slowly and progressively extremism crept in and we may no longer enjoys harmony in near future,unless our society and government check on proliferation of Medressah!

KAILASH SINGH Mar 04, 2015 05:31pm

I got emotional to read this story. Why can't all of us live in the same manner? I bow to these people.

The Conscious Mar 04, 2015 05:31pm

Islam was indeed a knowledge based and quite tolerant culture until the destruction of Caliphate in Baghdad by barbarians from Mongol. They were neither part of Arabic society nor understood Islamic teachings. They took with them their own contorted version, where violence & brutality held prominence. Faster we understand this and learn about golden days of 9th century better it is for the whole world

Deepak Mar 04, 2015 05:36pm

Come back with an article when you do have the same sweet harmony story of a Muslim majority area.

Safwan Mar 04, 2015 05:38pm

@janis If that was true, there would had been no need for Partition and religious riots wouldn't be almost a weekly thing in India.

Mar 04, 2015 05:40pm

They are living in peace but you guys are willing to wage a war even on comments.. :) They are people in the village living with love and harmony hindu and muslim alike please leave them the way they are and you stop fighting here by saying weird things

Manoj raina, J&K(India) Mar 04, 2015 05:42pm

@Kumar these madrassa are the actual trouble creaters throughout the world and is not good for Islam in long perspective.

Fahim Cheema Mar 04, 2015 05:53pm

How long will our bigots leave this harmony survive?

Zaffar Mar 04, 2015 05:54pm

Thanks dawn for the piece. Hope radicals do not wake up tothe news

Mehmood Mar 04, 2015 06:03pm

A great story; The Pakistani politicians, administrators and law enforcement agencies should take a cue from peace loving inhabitants of this town.....The report say that Hindus and Muslims in this town living in peace like brothers since the creation of Pakistan; I am pretty sure that they have maintained their peaceful living which existed prior to the creation of Pakistan. We in India live almost in the same way barring some aberration which generally occurs as a reaction to what happens to Hindus in Pakistan. LEARN TO BELIEVE IN LIVING IN PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE.

Shahzad Mar 04, 2015 06:07pm

Wow That's a world i always dream of, Full of Love, Peace & Respect For EVERYBODY.

Praveen Kanakam Mar 04, 2015 06:08pm

According to 1998 census, Muslims constitute 64.42% of the population and Hindus 35.58%[1] At the time of independence of Pakistan in 1947, the Hindus were 80% while the Muslims were 20% of the population. The significant number of Hindus migrated to India during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 wars when Indian army occupied parts of the Tharparkar District.

Mohammad Mar 04, 2015 06:09pm

Nice to know, this kind of things should be adopted by all the religious people all over the world, so they can live in harmony, peace, with love, dignity, and respect. The world is now pluralistic world, it is, give respect, and other should respect you.

cchiru1 Mar 04, 2015 06:12pm

@Mustafa ....u r wrong come n see india...presidents, governers, CMs, majority of bollywood, famous writers, music directors, singers, MNC owners(Aziz premji), and many more in different fields are muslims....muslims hav freedom in india...unlike ur country towards hindus

Sam Mar 04, 2015 06:12pm

But the truth is Mithi is not the faceof Pakistan and Pakistan is not Mithi.

ashok Mar 04, 2015 06:21pm

Great human interest story. All of us have many things to learn from this and other situations in life. Mithi, may you prosper.

Anupam Mar 04, 2015 06:23pm

@Mustafa Violent? I tell you my personal experience.. My neighbour is only muslim in hindu colony and lives in peace and even fight..but a hindu can't live alone in a muslim colony..14 percent and rising muslims are strong enough and unafraid..we don't have our Ayodhya(akin to mecca of islam) free for worship..every party appeases muslims..

Creation of Pakistan was because they did not want a hindu to rule in democracy..but they were very happy when 4-5% muslims ruled India from 1200-1857 comprising majority of hindus..we were taxed jijiya, pilgrimage tax in our own country..our whole history was changed, temples destroyed, culture ruined..but hindus still accepted..are we violent?

Harmony Mar 04, 2015 06:25pm

@NoName - A spin doctor putting a different colour to it yet again. Never accept any good is good in Pakistan.

Harmony Mar 04, 2015 06:26pm

@Ash - Thank you Ash!

Harmony Mar 04, 2015 06:29pm

@ashish - It says "and Holi is played by every member of the village." So don't be so prejudiced.

mastang Mar 04, 2015 06:33pm

So nice reading it, wish India also turn into Mithi.

abraKadabra Mar 04, 2015 06:36pm

@lafanga When riot take place, people loose the sense of pluralism.... and u might also know why the riot took place in first place? Best of luck

touseef Ali Mar 04, 2015 06:38pm

it is great to know that, Pakistan has interfaith harmony town like Mitthi..

citizen Mar 04, 2015 06:40pm

@joy its also becoz we hv ppl like u who respect others n compel us to respect u by vertue of ur action. Thanks bro.

Jam Jammi Jan Mar 04, 2015 06:40pm

I am so glad to learn that there is respect for each other as human beings is still alive and doing well in Pakistan. As a Pakistani born and growing up in Bangladesh, these type of love, respect, and participation in each others holy events was very common. Please note I am talking about 60's and 70's. I seriously doubt if those mutual feelings had any relevance during the last two decades. Progress in the name of religion is actually a regression of humanity.

LandOfPure(Evil) Mar 04, 2015 06:54pm

This place Mithi is very close to the Indian border and seems like those areas are majority Hindu. Why did these areas go to Pakistan? Is that because they were part of the Sindh province and that province was not partitioned? Wish they had partitionaed some portion of Sindh so that our Sindhi Hindu brethren could call some place their own instead of having to assimilate wherever they landed during partition.

apoorva Mar 04, 2015 07:02pm

@lafanga you never fail to give me a hearty laugh

mukut Mar 04, 2015 07:02pm

Other majority of Muslim fighting irrespective of country.

deepak Mar 04, 2015 07:15pm

just one thing to say so why is that Hindus are leaving Pakistan and coming to India and non of the Indian Muslims want to go to Pakistan and even some of the Pakistani Muslims also leaving Pakistan.....hope you guys will answer........

Raja khuram Mar 04, 2015 07:26pm

Great. This is the real soul of humanity. humanity demands regard and acceptance

Krishna Mar 04, 2015 07:28pm

Hindus participating and leading Muharram processions is not surprising at all! This has been practiced for hundreds of years in many parts of south India. Almost every family in villages very actively, with much religious fervor, observe Muharram. It has been a great symbol of religious harmony!!

Jatt Mar 04, 2015 07:33pm

@ashish Truth spoken by you, so you confirm that the Hindus are just doing it to make the muslims happy and are not sincere.

Jatt Mar 04, 2015 07:34pm

@janis Show the proof from India, which is the state that they are in a Majority.

Pakistani Khan Mar 04, 2015 07:34pm

@janis Gujrat massacre...don't distort facts!

Jatt Mar 04, 2015 07:35pm

@NIRAJCHAWHAN How about Hindus in India start showing respect for their minorities.

Uzair Mar 04, 2015 07:35pm

@Raja, bhopal, we saw that happening in Gujrat and rest of Bharat, burning of missionaries, demolishing masjid, genocide of Ahamadabad. It was all peaceful.

Pakistani Khan Mar 04, 2015 07:36pm

@logic I think they do...! Belive me they do...! Open your eyes and meet with muslims from gujrat and other places in India!

Rex Mar 04, 2015 07:37pm

@lafanga If only Pakistan can follow this example.. The example here is that Muslims need to be in minority. Then only peace reigns. Look around the world. The only Muslims living in peace are in non Muslim nations, like India, for example.

Jatt Mar 04, 2015 07:38pm

@TrollMeNot Nonsense the muslims are in a minority in Gujarat, Western UP, Assam, Karnataka and Maharashtra all areas were they have been killed. Proof that no non Hindu is safe in India, which is not a secular state.

Jatt Mar 04, 2015 07:39pm

@Manoj raina, J&K(India) Nonsense, All non Hindus are persecuted in India as can be seen in the killing of muslims, christains and sikhs throughout India. Please do not spread false information.

maya lekshmi Mar 04, 2015 07:40pm

@lafanga please visit kerala (south Indian state)u can see same as mithi

H.saadat hayat Mar 04, 2015 07:40pm

Dear Hussan Raza I am also working on the same project of interfaith and intra faith harmony on the platform of "Dialogue" Let us join hands in order to bring about positive and progressive change in the minds and hearts of the people of Pakistan through dialogue. Pls contact me on hayat_saadat@yahoo.com. Any one even other than Hussan can contact for the same cause. saadat

Neeraj Mar 04, 2015 07:41pm

it is happening because Hindus are in majority here!

vivek Mar 04, 2015 07:41pm

Heart warming! Peace and best wishes from India.

Pakistani Khan Mar 04, 2015 07:41pm

@Sid What...what...?

Jatt Mar 04, 2015 07:41pm

@KAILASH SINGH Start by showing an example in India the most communalist country on the planet.

pran Mar 04, 2015 07:42pm

good approach towards renewed thinking pakistan.... india has also been supposed to be following similar lines...

Pakistani Khan Mar 04, 2015 07:43pm

@Arun Don't create propaganda here...where was 350 hindus killed by police....maybe in India and not hindus but muslims were killed! Liar!

Pakistani Khan Mar 04, 2015 07:43pm

@Kumar You are from India right?

Nasser Mar 04, 2015 07:52pm

You cannot be a Muslim, if you do not respect the beliefs of others.

Shah Mar 04, 2015 07:53pm

Good article Dawn. I think it is a rarity to have this in Pakistan and it probably only exists as the Hindus are in majority. At the end of the day, I wish this was the case in all of Pakistan, but we all know that the days of minorities living in Pakistan are limited. Most Muslims of Pakistan are in denial that their ancestors were Hindus. Why is this?

Rahul Mar 04, 2015 07:54pm

Wonderful!!! As an Indian, who keeps visiting Dawn to comment on border skirmishes and like, I think it's my moral duty to also state here, that this village from Pakistan is a model for both the countries to follow.

True that Muslims of India are better off and we have much harmony between the two sects here, this village clearly shows there is room for improvement.

Well done Mithi.

AName Mar 04, 2015 08:04pm

@NoName , Dude, so if the magic in the story is that Hindus are the majority group.. I guess that means,, rivers of peace and prosperity are flowing in India, and BJP is all about co-existence and respect of other religions !

Arabinda Chakravarty Mar 04, 2015 08:11pm

Mithi represents Mr. Md. Jinnah's Pakistan. I doubt Mithi may now be the target by the Taliban of Pakistan

Jignesh Mar 04, 2015 08:36pm

Really nice article. Hope people who are reading this article can learn something. In India also there are villages where they lives happily. Any minority whether in India or Pakistan should be protected by majority. Thanks for this article sir.

Jignesh Mar 04, 2015 08:38pm

@ashish Ashish , that's not right. In India also there are villages where they lives happily. We need to respect every religion and faith.

rohit Mar 04, 2015 08:38pm

They know how to respect each others customs and dignity. They are a shining example Of peaceful pluralism. Sindh has given so many sufis and Sais. love all like sun ..impartial to all.

Jatinder Mar 04, 2015 08:41pm

@Ali That is not true at all. Let us not try to win a debate but correct ourselves where ever we can. I am a kashmiri Hindu and probably know a thing or two about Islam. However Who is practicing true Islam or for that matter any religion. It is the violence and assertiveness about one's religious beliefs that is not correct.

Vijay (Toronto) Mar 04, 2015 08:43pm

@lafanga Can you please supply two more names of prominent Hindus in Pakistan?

NIRAJCHAWHAN Mar 04, 2015 08:43pm

@JATT friend I suggest you to please visit India at least once. You'll get your answer.

manoj Mar 04, 2015 08:49pm

all thanks to the hindus living there

Vijay (Toronto) Mar 04, 2015 08:50pm

@apoorva In days of yore, lafanga was known as the village idiot.

Jignesh Mar 04, 2015 08:52pm

@Vijay (Toronto) Vijay. There are lots of hindus in pakistan who enjoys good reputation and respect like Rana Bhagwandas, J.C Anand, Tara Chand etc.

Pankaj Mar 04, 2015 08:54pm

@Tranquil coz there is no place for hindus or ther minorities in constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

SRIDHAR RAGHUNATHA RAO Mar 04, 2015 09:01pm

There is a group of Brahmins in India, called " Hussaini Brahmins" As the very name suggests they are basically Hindu Brahmins, but they take very active and leading part in Muharram festivals. There was and are several cultural mingle of Hindus and Muslims in Indian sub continent and they lead harmonious life even to this day. Unfortunately, I am very sorry to state, that politicians sours their harmony for selfish ends. Everyone suffers because of this.

asif Mar 04, 2015 09:05pm

Jeay sindh

Sid Mar 04, 2015 09:09pm

beautiful.. makes me wonder why was there ever a need for partition.

NASAH(USA) Mar 04, 2015 09:21pm

Can an 80% Muslim 20% Hindu town called "Khatti" -- be as generous as the "Mithi"?

Pakistan NEEDS to be a SECULAR country in order to ge rid of religious terrorism.

RespectHumanity Mar 04, 2015 09:22pm

@NIRAJCHAWHAN How nice will it be if the entire Hindu India is as tolerant and accommodating as their Hindu brothers in Pakistan?

RespectHumanity Mar 04, 2015 09:22pm

Great story ! This should be a role model for the entire sub-continent !

Akhlesh Mar 04, 2015 09:29pm

Brilliant! Others need to learn from them.

UTPAL Mar 04, 2015 09:34pm

Bad is bad everywhere, in India or in Pakistan or in any place on earth. Forget about India. As a Pakistani do you say it is natural in Pakistan as it is happened in India( for argument sake at least). Will you be proud for that? Bad men are everywhere, good men are also there. Who restricted you to be good. Thanks to author for this piece.

Sanjay Sharma Mar 04, 2015 09:35pm

Its heartening to learn about this exceptional village. Well, this is a way of life in many many Indian villages. The bonding between the two communities is a well known fact. Its only in politicized urban conglomerates that the differences surface. This is the way to live.

Ash! Mar 04, 2015 09:36pm

@ashish You didn't read the article it seems.......... or you read it with prejudice and bias. you ignored ....."In our village, Hindus and Muslims have been living together for decades and there has not been a single day, when I have seen a religious conflict. No loud speaker is used for Azaan at the time when Hindus are worshiping in their temple, and no bells are rung when it is time for namaz. Nobody eats in public when it is Ramazan and Holi is played by every member of the village."

we should commend the spirit of people of mithi......

Ash! Mar 04, 2015 09:38pm

@NoName why do you see everything with 'hate goggles'..... change your view to see better things too. spread brotherhood not hate..

suren Mar 04, 2015 09:43pm

This may be a big story for Pakistan. In India, it is common. In fact, in In India, we cannot live with each other. Life is fully dependent on each other. The presence of almost all religion in India gives lesson to everyone, everyday.

Jollyjoe Mar 04, 2015 09:49pm

It seems that the religion is the only subject and issue in the subcontinent.In all other respects the people of the subcontinent are better off than the entire world - There is no poverty, there is no crime, there is no ignorance, there is no adultration. The subcontinet is a paradise.

KK Mar 04, 2015 09:50pm

Nice story! Looks like the politicians haven't reached this part of Pakistan yet. Believe it or not, politicians have magical power of turning friends into foes. Some are born with these powers and some work hard to acquire them. And this is true on our (Indian) side of the border too.

suren Mar 04, 2015 09:55pm

I am not Hindu, but I will feel good if you call me a Hindu, coz Hindus, by default is a tolerant society. The entire history is full of examples. There are many evil traditions among Hindus, especially when it comes to treating lower caste people. But as long as treating others, Hindus are extremely tolerant. Hindus can live with anyone happily. Even Christian learn this art of living/ liberal make up after Rennansance during 14th & 16th century. In case of Hindus, they have mastary in art of livicoexisting with others from ancient times.

vidyadhara Mar 04, 2015 10:00pm

@lafanga I suggest that you visit India and find out. Hindu participation in the urs or attendence at a dargah is universal. It is also universal for Muslim musicians to adore Saraswati the goddess of learning and intelligence who is one of the forms of amba, the creator mother of the universe. What was common in North West India (pakistan) before partition has survived only in the faintest corners of that sacred veda bhoomi. Guru Nanak as easily refers to God as Allah as he calls him Ram. But it is your misfortune that you know nothing of this.

Ram K. Chopra Mar 04, 2015 10:01pm

I was born in 1945, a Hindu, in Padhana a town just outside Lahore. My family told me that in our town on all religious occasions inside the temple or outside, it was the Muslim singers who led the way!

I grew up as a refugee in the village Fazil Pur just outside the Meerut City limits in India. We all lived happily participating in each other’s affairs. Most conversations with Muslims invoked Bhaichara and Insaniyat- Not Islam

Hassan Akbar Mar 04, 2015 10:07pm

@ashish Holi is played by the entire village, so please, SEE.

suren Mar 04, 2015 10:12pm

Let me tell you one historical fact, Muslims in Pakistan can live peacefully with Hindus alone ! Pakistan can always feel comfortable with Hindus. Even an opportunity is given to Pakistani Muslim to get married with Arabic girl or with Hindu girl, he will be more comfortable with Hindu girl and successfully spend his life with her. Come on Pakistan, religious tolerance is not big thing for you people, it existing in your DNA. Let's stop following Arab culture. Go back to your Indian roots. Every thing will be fine. After all you have a shared history of five thousand years with India. Don't loose an opportunity to reviev your past, that is difficult to forget. Remember, there is a big difference between river culture and desert culture. You belong to river culture, that's the reason your farmar sing a song at the time of harvesting.

Ram K. Chopra Mar 04, 2015 10:15pm

Muslims of India and of Pakistan are same people not much different. But today 67 years after partition Authorities, Journalists and Intellectuals in USA, UK, European capitals and Australia all find a clear difference between the two. Think about it!

Hassan Akbar Mar 04, 2015 10:15pm

As a human being there's nothing better than seeing other human beings living peacefully together despite their differences. It has to be the way.

Simranjit singh Mann Mar 04, 2015 10:17pm

I salute you Hassan, hundred times : beautiful content and presentation. May your breed flourish. I am securing a copy of your article.

Atul Mar 04, 2015 10:21pm

Well, first of all it is really nice to know. But somehow I feel that by revealing this information, you might have given some targets to the extremists. Also, I found this title of the first photograph interesting: "Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority."

Mrs. Khan Mar 04, 2015 10:40pm

@deepak how much of Indian population is residing outside of India? do you know the number? Even been to Dubai and New York? seems like mini India. how many Indians leave India every month to foreign countries in pursuit of better future? do you know the figures?

Akhmed Mar 04, 2015 10:42pm

Wonderful! A lesson for everyone. Having grown up in India, I know such harmony among different religions was common in India through the mid-1980s. And NF Paracha has written of the same in Pakistan of the 1960s and early 1970s. But do note: Hindus are in a majority in Mithi. Such harmony is absent where they are not (even in India today).

vinod Mar 04, 2015 10:53pm

Please dont contaminate this beautiful article by pointing to hindu majority or muslim minority. As long as we introspect ourselves(people on both sides of the aisle) and do all the small things to have a healthy community, we can weed out the miscreants and be in harmony.

Shankar Mar 04, 2015 10:55pm

One swallow doesn't make spring!

Rashid Sultan Mar 04, 2015 11:04pm

I am informed by my Friends in India that there are many major cities where people of Islamic faith live without any friction or problems with Non Muslims supporting and participating in each others religious & social festivities. Only the sensational communal riots get highlighted by the media. A good piece by a budding & caring young journalist- it should be the norm of behaviour in all our towns & cities. Coexist and support people regardless of faith. I hop all the readers of dawn take heed in what this young man has experienced.

Sara Askar Mar 04, 2015 11:05pm

this proves , once again, that we are not born with hatred

eskay Mar 04, 2015 11:08pm

Is anyone there who can put this essay in school books?

Farooq Mar 04, 2015 11:14pm

The problem with society today is that they'll look at something as promising as this little town, and then they'll start tearing it apart with the technicalities. So what if it's a muslim minority and a hindu majority? Can we not learn an important lesson of tolerance and respect here? Can we not adopt these values in our cities and countries? It is pretty evident that we will never look past our differences, and we are destined to fail.

No name Mar 04, 2015 11:16pm

Good reading. I am in my seventies. I remember we used to take part in various muslim processions in eastern part of India even after partition. I was wondering are the Hindu majority town reason for this harmony?

suren Mar 04, 2015 11:28pm

Couple of days back, one middle age Muslim lady approach me. She said that her father in law was great classical singer, received Padma- civilian award from government of India. Her husband is also classical singer belong to famous Rajasthan Gharana. His specialization was Indian classical, Gazals, Bhakti Sangeet. She approach me because I m looking after the cultural events in our educational institution. She told me that we can organized a joint cultural fest, Caz her husband is very good in classical music especially Bhakti Sangeet. Bhakti songs in memory of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and other Hindu Sant was something special about her husband. Her famous husband was invited as a special guest in Konark festival in Oddisha State for singing songs on Lord Krishna. I stood up and salute that Muslim lady. That's what India is all about. All Indian classical Ghatana are headed by Muslim genious. That is our history. Zakir Hussein, Allah Rakkha and many more are our ideal. My children will grow up idealilising Dr. Abdual Kalam, a missile Man. Amir khan, Salman khan, Shaharukh Khan are just the superficial product of our cultural mix.

Tarannum S. Mar 04, 2015 11:32pm

@Ram K. Chopra People like you make India what it is. I love the freedom and harmony among religions here. Few bad people, irrespective of religion, make the entire community look bad. Unfortunately, this .0000001 % of the population are the ones who dominate the newspapers by their bad deeds. The good part is, we are Indians first and religion is what makes us human. So every religion is equally respectable.

Kapoor Mar 04, 2015 11:32pm

Hassan bhai, we need lot of Mithi's like co-operative spirit in our sub-continent. both Hindu's & Muslim's have bigots & C5M in their respective communities needed to be checked, if we want to live in peace & prosperity. Good work Hassan bhai.

tombraiderkafir Mar 04, 2015 11:39pm

Thats cool.It changed my perception of pakistan.

hasan Mar 04, 2015 11:41pm

@ashish Because Hinduism is an open religion, a Hindu can be a muslim too. Hindusim does not stop you from worshipping God's of other religions, compared to Islam, it's an Abrahamic religion, one God we worship, no partnership with God. Our religions are different, that's it. But we should all respect each other's dharams

Peace Lover Mar 04, 2015 11:44pm

@Raja, bhopal , I am a hindu from India and I cannot dis-agree with you more. Mithi sets an example for all to follow.

owi.ssuet@gmail.com Mar 04, 2015 11:45pm

Hassan Raza great work. The efforts like this provides soft image of Pakistan to international community rather then any other effort. Hatss off to u once again. Stay blessed

owi.ssuet@gmail.com Mar 04, 2015 11:48pm

@ashish muslims also celebrate holly there

ahmed Mar 04, 2015 11:49pm

Pitying this harmony now !. May it last forever.

Habibullah Khimany Mar 04, 2015 11:49pm

I read all the comments below and am sorry to say that after reading this wonderful article majority are still arguing and blaming each other. I wonder when will they learn to tolerate.

Ahmed A Mar 04, 2015 11:52pm

Something Pakistanis need to think about.. Sindh is the orginal India. The word Hind comes from Sindh. We all got forcefully converted but this small part of Sindh remains Hindu to tell us a story of peace. What's the lesson from here. Do we convert them or be converted? Peace Peace Peace!!

Ali Mar 04, 2015 11:56pm

@NoName important is that it is in Muslim majority country.

Gabol Mar 05, 2015 12:03am

Salute to all the people living in the area. The writer of the story also educating the media icons how to talk on religious differences. Sindh dharti always took lead in every matter, may it be leadership crises or tale for scarification. Best wishes for the writer, we need such articles to fight against terrorism. some how we can feel proud to be Pakistani national.

Viks Joshi Mar 05, 2015 12:06am

In the language I speak in India, specifically in Maharashtra (i.e. 'Marathi'), the same word means 'EMBRACE' -- as in the physical sense mostly.... but apt over here metaphorically as well. If only it were followed where simply the name does not have to provide the path or indeed the inspiration.... its location is symbolic of how far-removed the immediate world is from how things ought to be. May it live forever!!

omparkash Mar 05, 2015 12:13am

but this wont last for long as the rush of extremists from different parts of country in Tharparkar is increasing day by day.

Ravi Janwani Mar 05, 2015 12:13am

i am a hindu and fasted for ramazan during my stay in pakistan out of respect for religion.my brother do one roza every eid and have iftaari at his home.we are hindus but respect islam,christianity and judaism from our heart.religion unites.

pervez Mar 05, 2015 12:15am

It is very bad that you have brought this to everyone's notice. Now their peace and will shattered. Talibs will move in a few weeks and destroy several generations of harmony

KrishnaKumar Mar 05, 2015 12:19am

@Joker ;how many mosques were attacked in India compared to pakistan dear sir ?

xasir Mar 05, 2015 12:20am

this is just because there is no "pandit" or so called "molvi" to preach extremism. we were born as human being, not as hindu or muslim.

Sonny Afridi Mar 05, 2015 12:31am

This is real Pakistan. Not the one reported by CNN or BBC.

Allan Mar 05, 2015 12:34am

@lafanga Only if the REST OF PAKISTAN can follow this co-existance. :)

Harish Chandra Mar 05, 2015 12:39am

The world would have been a better place today, if everyone followed the examples of residents of Mithi. I know; it is not going to happen because of the gatekeepers of religions and the crooked politicians.

Kelkat Mar 05, 2015 12:42am

@Mohammad Abdul Wahab Nooooo!

lafanga Mar 05, 2015 12:46am

@Vijay (Toronto) "In days of yore, lafanga was known as the village idiot"

First sign that a person has lost the argument, they will call names. Have a nice day LOL

lafanga Mar 05, 2015 12:48am

@apoorva "you never fail to give me a hearty laugh"

Good that you had a laugh. We all need it sometime. Do you have any rebuttal to my comment? No. I thought so.

lafanga Mar 05, 2015 12:51am

@Vijay (Toronto) "Can you please supply two more names of prominent Hindus in Pakistan?"

Danish Keneria (Cricketer), Deepak Perwani (Fashion designer), Naveen Perwani (Snooker player), Satish Anand (Film and TV producer).

Shall I continue?

saba Mar 05, 2015 12:59am

Remarkable, when I was reading this ,it fall me down in an imaginary world. Although ,millions people are live in sindh but, unaware of treasure that what do they have. Such an example for those, who are fighting on name of religion. Its really request them visit mithi once at least . . .

Rocky Mar 05, 2015 01:29am

May you live to be a hundred, young fella!

R. Kalita Mar 05, 2015 01:34am

@Mohammad Abdul Wahab - Whab sab - here is the TRUE MUSLIM now-a-days??

Asif Mar 05, 2015 02:20am

Good uplifting story. Thank you Author.

irfan Mar 05, 2015 02:37am

@Ravindra Sharma

i think the indian subcontinent was peaceful only during the Ashoka's time after that its a downfall for the subcontinent, we need another Ashoka to unite the subcontinent

Ridwan Mar 05, 2015 02:40am

Mithi is not a small town! It's actually huge and several other towns in south Sindh are similar

Ridwan Mar 05, 2015 02:43am

@janis This is the OBE town of Sindh with a hindu majority. This doesn't mean that muslim towns in Sindh aren't as tolerant. What poor logic you used!

Nash Mar 05, 2015 03:25am

Great people great story true human being.

Kumar Mar 05, 2015 03:43am

@NIRAJCHAWHAN Right statement is if rest of Pakistan is as tolerant as Hindus in this town.

Neighbor Mar 05, 2015 04:44am

@lafanga ok who are your forefathers. . Don't say Arabs . Enough of that

Zainab Mar 05, 2015 04:58am

Mithi has remained untouched by the extremists and I hope and pray that it remains so for ever. I remember my childhood in pre-partition India where my neighbourhood was mixed (hindus and muslims) and the same relationship existed between hindus and muslims. From what I see now, the past looks like a pleasant dream.

Zainab Mar 05, 2015 05:02am

@pervez Exactly my thought. It will be a shame if this "gem" is destroyed in the name of religion.

sivakumar Mar 05, 2015 05:10am

let the entire world to witness this religious harmony and to learn how live happily with peace

hemmeh Mar 05, 2015 05:18am

@Ash Hope whole world learns from their unity and love.....mainly India and Pakistan.

Datta Mar 05, 2015 05:33am

@lafanga @PAKISTANI KHAN @JATT - India has a secular DNA, unlike Pakistan, so for every case of religious intolerance you may gleefully mention here there are a thousand Mithis which go unreported in the news.

A Mithi in Pakistan is an exception, a single case study of harmony, rather than the norm and therin lies the difference.

Jon Sieve Mar 05, 2015 06:33am

The story was uplifting, the comments are appalling. Most people seem to be ready to go to war on who is more peaceful

SR Mar 05, 2015 06:40am

I hope muslim religious militants do not go and attack Mithi. Long live this unity.

ram Mar 05, 2015 07:05am

Whole of pakistan should come back to their original religion I.e Hinduism buddhism. This will solve all problems like terrorism problem . issues with india etc

Sanjay Mar 05, 2015 07:11am

Is their any town with 80% Muslims and 20% hindus and still peaceful?

kenneth Goes Mar 05, 2015 07:32am

HOPE .... U bring Hope ... thank U for taking the time to share ur experience , I have Shared meals with my Paki friends and they are wonderful people. Every Ying has a Yang . but we can always keep HOPE a constant . Thank U once again

Prof.V.N.Asopa Mar 05, 2015 08:05am

Well reported.Well written.Well said. The next noble prize should go to people of Mithi and communities like them in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

xyx Mar 05, 2015 08:20am

This is because Hindus are still in majority, like India. If Muslim population grows in size, there will be violence.

Uditya Mar 05, 2015 08:33am

@Mustafa If we were violent against minorities they wouldn't have increased to 14% of population from just 9%.

Uditya Mar 05, 2015 08:36am

@lafanga Name a hindu/sikh/christian president of Pak? No one. We have had Sikh and Muslims Presidents, PMs and Army Chiefs.

Hamdard Mar 05, 2015 08:37am

Great story. There are 180 million Muslims living in India in peace and harmony.

Kelkat Mar 05, 2015 08:37am

@lafanga Pakistan has systematically reduced the Hindu population down to 2%. Whatever remains today are subjected to jizya as in the frontier regions, abducting their daughters and forcible conversions. Imposes Hudood laws and all other forms or bigoted tyranny.

Kelkat Mar 05, 2015 08:40am

@lafanga

killing that many is every day affair in Pakistan and almost everywhere in the Islamic world. Riots will happen in a country of 1.2 billion with a huge Muslim population particularly when they burn a trainload of Hindus to death as in Gujrat. US, UK with little Muslim population are being brought down to their knees.

Sharath Chandra Mar 05, 2015 09:10am

Now since you have brought this news , all this will change shortly. The two nation theory has to be maintained :-(

ravi Mar 05, 2015 09:10am

waiting for same good news where Muslim r majority n Hindu r minority.

Babu Mar 05, 2015 09:22am

@Sara Askar "this proves , once again, that we are not born with hatred"

hatred is thrust upon us...?

NO NAME Mar 05, 2015 09:22am

@ashish seriously man..get a life!!all you guys do is try and create problems where there's none

Rafiq Mar 05, 2015 09:24am

I hope to see whole of Pakistan to be like this. I hope Pakistan will be a secular land one day and free itself from the medieval mindsets.

Babu Mar 05, 2015 09:29am

Hassan Raza is amazing...like the eponymous Hason Raja from modern day Sylhet, Bangladesh who brought people together through his spiritual songs.

Shailesh Mar 05, 2015 09:30am

Excellent news that good sense still exist in some corners. I guess these chaps are not well educated and neither they will economically well off but still the kind of maturity that they are showing speaks volume about the measures that we have to take as society to cut down religious intolerence. BTW I heard similar news in Times of India about one village in Gujarat

ali Mar 05, 2015 09:35am

It seems the "town" is from the sets of Indian movie Lagan of 18th century. This is a town in present Pakistan.

Sandeep Singh Mar 05, 2015 09:39am

@Harmony You are also not accepting the fact that its happeneing only bcoz of Hindu majority.

mudasser Mar 05, 2015 09:40am

its not because when hindus are in majority they r living peacefully. if that's the case then there should not be any discrimination with Muslims in India

MK Mar 05, 2015 09:40am

Now wait till the righteous show up to destroy this little oasis of peace and coexistence.......

Sandeep Singh Mar 05, 2015 09:42am

Poor Hindus are doing this bcoz they fear Muslim backlash in a muslim majority Pakistan. They can't afford to loose their already diminished population.

Kashif iqbal Mar 05, 2015 09:44am

'Hassan Raza" you are doing great work, in these days we desperately need the people like you, do continue your work and stay safe. (Ameen)

mudasser Mar 05, 2015 09:54am

@Devendra there is small fraction of Muslims population in India which belongs to elite class where u have these khans ..some Muslim politicians and cricketers but the majority of 79 % are still under the line of poverty where poverty rate in Hindu is around 34% . Muslims students don't have access to postsecondry education. least developed areas are where Muslim majority live . Muslims can't buy properties the way Hindus can ..

Batman Mar 05, 2015 09:59am

After reading the comments it's clear that none of you truly understood what this report is about. If in the end you'll boast about your country or religion whilst degrading other's we can never live peacefully. So please respect each other's religion and beliefs if you want peace!

Babu Mar 05, 2015 10:07am

This is a beautiful article about a place that could be a role model to the rest of the world regarding communal harmony. All the more interesting because of perception of Pakistan as an intolerant place. People: stop spoiling the author's message by analyzing, rationalizing to death the why, how, if, but, etc. Enjoy and appreciate a positive story for a change.

ghanshyam Mar 05, 2015 10:12am

These things can happen only where muslims are in minority.

Sabir Hameed Mar 05, 2015 10:12am

Its strange that Western Countries Speculate that these Thar people shall survive in future when sea water will penetrate the lands and sweet water after melting of polar ice due to global warming. The water will become salty everywhere. Other people shall not survive for long. But there people of Thar have developed, in past few thousand years, a unique genetic code to digest salty water. The western scientists want to take that code for research work and to check if it can be utilized in people living in west.

Ck Mar 05, 2015 10:23am

That was a beautiful piece.. Nice to know that such a wonderful oasis exists

shah Mar 05, 2015 10:27am

Beyond imagination. this is what for which the whole continent is in dire need

FAROOQ MUMTAZ Mar 05, 2015 10:38am

this is really an awesome and inspiring story...

irfan farooqui Mar 05, 2015 10:48am

@Sandeep Singh its not like that at all...you are discussing something which your media wrongly shows....believe me im from karachi and my majority frnds are hindus and other non muslims....we work together, eat together and share each other festivals....we are totally against typical mollas who give long description of islam....and if you talk about bombing and killing of innocent people of Pakistan so my frnd its political issue and this killing include both muslims and nonmuslims.....please change your mindset... even non muslims, though now decreasing in number due to poor law and order situation in Pakistan, are at good position and getting higher education....well for your information neighbours just next to my house are hindu family and they are very decent educated and cultured even much better hindu then any ordinary indian hindu family......

iqbal Mar 05, 2015 11:02am

@Safwan It takes two to make a clap. Majority in a small town does not matter in a muslim majority country.

What i mean to say is if there is something good. appreciate it rather than spreading hate.

its good for them. both muslims and hindus.

motiram lalwani Mar 05, 2015 11:10am

keep it up HASSAN RAZA - good work

sindhi hindu became refugee in India during partition.

khan Mar 05, 2015 11:31am

this is proof that pakistani r peacful but some countries who r afraid of development of pakistan r making disturbnce in pakistan

Jai Bhole Mar 05, 2015 11:32am

Good Job Hassan Raza. Pakistan need more literate guys like you.

Malik Waseem Mar 05, 2015 11:35am

Of course it is an app-laudable show of existentialism and true sense of pluralism but I am sure it wouldn't be possible if the Muslims residing there at Mithi were in a clear majority like Hindus had. And a moot point here is the Muslims coexisting there are mostly shia Muslims community. Therefore euphemistically it can be inferred that; its not a mutual coexistence two different religions but it's a bond between two bitterly oppressed communities of Pakistan. Indeed Mithi can say loud about the message of peace from krachi to Khyber. Allah bless us all.

M.Farooq Malik Mar 05, 2015 11:35am

What a place. A symbol of humanity and humanitarianism. Long live Mithi.

athar Mar 05, 2015 11:37am

This is what religious tolerance is. People of Mithi are representing true face of our religion. Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) always stood up in respect during processions of funeral for non muslims. Hazarat Umar refused to pray in the church on the pretext that tomorrow muslims may not turn it into mosque. This is how islam was preached and spread all over the world. In Sindh all sufi saints had always preached for humanism. This is why they are famous in hindus as well as other communities. Hats off to Mithi people on making us proud....

raghav Mar 05, 2015 11:39am

at least one good news from pak but here hindu in majority .what is happening where muslim are in majority .

n s parameswaran Mar 05, 2015 11:39am

Now that this secret is out, will it continue to remain so, or will it get destroyed.

Sam Mar 05, 2015 12:01pm

I hope the legacy of the town, will be kept in tact. But in a country where minorities are mosquitoes, I am concerned.

@MUDASSER - Abdul Kalam, AR Rahman, Azim Prem ji, Zakir Hussain etc + Khans of Bollywood that rule the world, are testimonials.

INdian Mar 05, 2015 12:09pm

Its a striking proof that where HIndus are in Majority, Peace prevails.

parvez Mar 05, 2015 12:11pm

@Sid The state of bliss is because of NO SAUDI INFLUENCE.

ZQ Mar 05, 2015 12:24pm

Quite sad to see how bigots and haters are highlighting only the insignificant parts of the article and not focusing on the key message. I guess that explains why the scenario in the article is so unique!

Kautiliya Mar 05, 2015 12:30pm

After reading this article and considering the geography of that area and the harsh living conditions and failure of the government to bring enough water or holding back the advancement the desert normally people unite to deal with the environment and many things such as unity flow from it. It is a social order that they have created for the welfare of both these groups. They will survive until the Mullahs start meddling and the things will change in their relationship.

Just a concerned Citizen of the Earth. Mar 05, 2015 12:40pm

We need to discover more of such places; both in Pakistan & India. Well done Mr. Hasan Raza - Kudos to you!!!!

Amit- Indian Mar 05, 2015 12:59pm

If Mithi is a role model we want then what was the need of Partition ?

Babrak Mar 05, 2015 01:05pm

@ashish: Holi is played by every member of the village

Hope you have read this.

smj Mar 05, 2015 01:10pm

This is beauty of Sindhi people.

amin Mar 05, 2015 01:14pm

@ashish Do you know how hard is it to let go of beef?

KD Mar 05, 2015 01:18pm

It's an interesting perspective, but the writer leaves out a lot of the nuance. I was in Tharparker about 2 weeks ago, although I only spent about 2 hours in Mithi, as most of the 2 days were spent in Islamkot (roughly 30 mins ahead of Mithi). So from my experience there: The two communities certainly interact, and are present at each other's happy and sad occasions. However, they live separately, and the Hindus are economically worse off from the Muslims, which is apparent from their houses. Also, importantly, the Muslims see themselves as superior in this dynamic (it might just be due to economics, and have nothing to do with religion), and this was apparent in how they used to walk into the Hindu's houses without any permission or care for their privacy. When visiting a Muslim's house, however, they used to call an elder first and ask him if they could enter.

Abhai Mar 05, 2015 01:20pm

@lafanga - India already is following this model. Its not uncommon in India, we Hindus and Muslims celebrate Holi, Diwali and Bakrid together. Though its an exception in Pakistan.

Najaf Mar 05, 2015 01:22pm

A beautiful example of peace and harmony. People need to learn from it instead of blaming the communities. There are intolerant people in both Hindus and Muslims. Muslims have suffered genocide at the hands of Hindus in the recent past and forceful conversion and non-muslims (mostly Christians) have suffered because of the Blasphemy law. All our childhood we were told the stories of how prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) cleaned the house of the old lady who used to thorw garbage on him. He did not find her guilty of blasphemy. How he prayed instead of taking revenge from the people of Taif who stoned him so much that his shoes filled with blood. Why we miss always the points which we need to learn and have arguments which no one would win.

Abhai Mar 05, 2015 01:25pm

@Mustafa - India is not intolerant and violent to minorities. Hindus never attack, they only retaliate. Even in Gujarat, the riots erupted after the train burning of Godhara. In India, Akbaruddin Owaisi threatened to finish Hindus in 15 minutes but no one bothered, Hindus are of course tolerant.

Darkknight Mar 05, 2015 01:26pm

Because Hindus are the majority here

Abhai Mar 05, 2015 01:27pm

@Joker - Gandhi fighters !! What is that ? A new hate term taught in Pak school books. You will never understand what Gandhi was because you will never attain that kind of love for humanity that Gandhi had. Shame on you.

Kartik Mar 05, 2015 01:30pm

Do not equate the fringe with the mainstream. The real pakistan is what you describe " bombing churches , destroying temples and slaughtering minorities" What is the percentage of hindus in pak , what was it in 1947 ?

utpal kumar basu Mar 05, 2015 01:31pm

thank you, DAWN, for bringing this news.

Hassan Mar 05, 2015 02:10pm

@Sabir Hameed : Why wait for Western scientists???, we should research ourselves....

Ahmed Mar 05, 2015 02:21pm

Instead of appreciating the article and the way both communities live to gather in peace and harmony, some of the comments of blaming one or other religion are very hearing, this is the reflection that because of few narrow minded people , peace is shattered in the world. All the religions of world teach peace, let's follow the harmony lesson of Maithili people, great article / contribution by the writer

Shanmuganandan Mar 05, 2015 02:39pm

Why can't we make a public opinion making Mithi a symbol of communal harmony. If in Mithi both Hindus and Muslims live respecting other religions and live without any religious conflict, why can't others follow suit.

Manoj Mar 05, 2015 02:40pm

"Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority. In this quiet portion of a sprawling desert, both Hindus and Muslims have lived together like brothers since the creation of Pakistan."

This is the tragedy- wherever Hindus are in majority peace and tranquility prevails but same is not the case vice versa.

Point to ponder over!!!!

Sudhanshu Swami Mar 05, 2015 02:45pm

generally, Similar things are here in India. Hinduism takes everyone with it.

siddhartha Mar 05, 2015 02:52pm

Muslims in majority and living peacefully with minorities anywhere in the world; never heard and can not believe.

Mrs S.H.Hasan Mar 05, 2015 02:56pm

Extremely glad you wrote this article. How wonderful. This was Great for all of us to learn. Keep up the Good work. You are welcome to leave a message on any comment on Face Book Page Muslims For America, for me. Thanks.

Asim Rizvi Mar 05, 2015 03:07pm

@ashish The article also says Muslims of Mithi celebrate Diwali.

Asim Rizvi Mar 05, 2015 03:12pm

@NIRAJCHAWHAN This type of social behavior is also found in many other places of Pakistan. Its just that you don't get the news about it.

Asim Rizvi Mar 05, 2015 03:16pm

@deep Like you guys demonstrated peace in Gujrat, correct?

Asim Rizvi Mar 05, 2015 03:20pm

@Devendra Muslims in India are ~13% while Hindus in Pakistan are ~2%. Take this as an exercise and do the maths.

Asim Rizvi Mar 05, 2015 03:25pm

@Ravi Janwani I really appreciate this Mr. Ravi but no Muslim fasts on Eid.

Saif Mar 05, 2015 03:26pm

@janis Seems people like u who r adding communal colors to it have not learnt anything ...article shows how we can achieve harmony between various religions ..but people like u seems to be so dumb !

Vns Mar 05, 2015 03:32pm

@lafanga because in Muslins there are people who kill innocent train travelers in the name of Islam

lafanga Mar 05, 2015 03:40pm

@Kelkat "Pakistan has systematically reduced the Hindu population down to 2%"

Are all Indians commenting here graduates of Modi's school of revised history LOL.

  • According to 1941 census, Muslims were 24.3% and Hindus were 66% of the total population of India.

  • According to 1951 census, Muslims were 9.8% and Hindus were 84.1% of the total population of India.

OMG .... Indians systematically and brutally reduced the Muslim population of India from 24% to less than 10% from 1941 to 1951 and Imported a lot of Hindus from Mars to replace them LOL. If you can answer the above then you will know what happened to Pakistani Hindus before and after partition. Hint: Same thing happened when East Pakistan became Bangladesh in 1971.

Take your time. Eventually you will get the answer. When you do, please educate other Indians as well as it is getting too boring reading the same tired line over and over again.

prem Mar 05, 2015 03:44pm

Dear Hasan Raza, you are surprised to see this,since mithi is just one in a lakh village dwelling that has Hindu majority. Otherside, the prosecution of Hindus continues unabated in Pakistan. Whereas in India,you will see the religious co-existance in lakhs of villages.Just a case in point,in the southern state of kerala all minority population exceeds majority and best example for unity in diversity.

Harmony Mar 05, 2015 03:52pm

@Sandeep Singh - No, its because majority Pakistanis are generally good and peaceful people. Must you look at everything with Hindu eye?

sashi Mar 05, 2015 03:54pm

@Tranquil : I urge you to watch an episode of Newsbeat where Ansar Abbasi badgers Paras Khursheed ( before she got married ) if she considers herself as a muslim first or a pakistani & she replies "muslim" - at which Abbasi sits back with a satisfied "there you are!" smile. Now, either most Pakistanis feel the same or this is an aberration. You tell us.

sashi Mar 05, 2015 04:00pm

@Ravindra Sharma: BRAVO! This is the unpalatable truth no one likes to talk about. So true!

sana khan Mar 05, 2015 04:05pm

visit any city in india and u will find the peace which is prevelent here.

Shdhsn Mar 05, 2015 04:23pm

@NoName India has Hindu majority as well, but read the history, how minoritie were/are being treated there. I think this town is about friendship and respect for each other and religion is just one element. Once we start respecting each other's feeling there will be peace everywhere.

Amer RAO - Toronto Mar 05, 2015 05:03pm

We ( Muslim friends group from Canada ) made a school in THAR, We have a very good experience with Muslims and Hindus. When we were collecting donations from Toronto, not a single one ask about Hindu community project. They just wanted to help them. We distributed food and made school & skill training centre for women. Now inshaAllah we have plan to build hospital in Tharparkar. Together we can make a Difference. Pakistan Zindabad

Datta Mar 05, 2015 05:17pm

@mudasser where did you get all these statistics?? Did you make them up? Do you know an Indian Muslim from a middle class family to substantiate what you say?? For that matter do you knwo an Indian Muslim at all??

Aliya Mar 05, 2015 05:28pm

An absolutely delightful piece which shows us that coexistence is possible. If you could please send me an email at zaidiabidi@gmail.com, I would be ever so grateful. We are doing a lot of work in Thar, wanted to share it with you. Thank you, Aliya

Malik Ahmed Mar 05, 2015 07:25pm

Excellent Article! I loved that you went there & shared your own observations. I wish if whole Pakistan could be "Mithi".

Please visit Rabwa, Ahmadis/Qadiani majority area and share your thoughts as well.

SHN Mar 05, 2015 09:13pm

VERY crucial piece to note here, these are Shias and Hindus coexisting.

Lagoon Stater Mar 05, 2015 11:26pm

The Shia Hindu relations in UP for example are of a similar nature. In pre-partition Punjab, the Mohyals used to participate in Moharram processions and protocols.

Asad Mar 06, 2015 03:06am

@ashish Holi is a Hindu festival, which the Muslims of Mithi participate in. Please try letting go of your biases and actually reading the article.

Trav Mar 06, 2015 03:22am

@ashish Isn't Holi a Hindu festival?

JANI Mar 06, 2015 03:23am

Awesome article! Beautiful seeing Hindus and Muslims both religiously and culturally coexist. #Sindh

Bobby Mar 06, 2015 04:12am

@lafanga Please do search on Youtube for Indian Muslims. There are lots of videos on YT about Indian Muslims. There are more muslims in India than in Pakistan and for the most part there has been harmony between the communities for 65 years since independence. There are parts of India which are just like this village in Sindh, they have never seen any religious strife and live like brothers.

My dream is to help bring peace in South Asia, to all the people. Please see my video on YT, do search for 'Global Citizens Of South Asia'. We can make all South Asia like this place in Sindh. All we have to do is come from the heart and learn how to be Global Citizens. People are tired of fighting. People want progress now. We can do this!

S. Israr Ali Mar 06, 2015 07:30am

Really very encouraging. The whole militants need to learn lesson from this unique show of religious tolerance, brotherhood, compassion and respect for each. Human values are supreme and no religion teach derogation to that. The whole of intolerant religious zealots whosoever and wherever they are should mend their ways and spread the message of love, peace, harmony and respect for each other. Allama Iqbal said - "Mazhab nahin sikhata apas main ber rakhna".....

Sudhanshu Swami Mar 06, 2015 08:41am

@Asim Rizvi did you mean after woman and kids were burnt alive, are you referring to same incidence ?

Mujahid abbas Mar 06, 2015 08:54am

Wonderful blog

Sudhanshu Swami Mar 06, 2015 08:55am

@Ali Babri mosque was not in use for more than four decades and was built over temple. Gujrat riots started after Godhra brutal train burning. do you have only two examples, those too which were initially started by Muslims. We can quote numerous examples of live Temple destructions in Pakistan.

Khatri Mar 06, 2015 08:55am

Very well written and excellent article to high light the real life values of Pakistan citizens even living in a drastic conditions but with with respect and love for each other ... This is showing SECULARISM as common values of living of human ...

dr vimal Mar 06, 2015 08:58am

@lafanga gujjus are the most peaceful of people. this was when the abscess burst after a 1000 years and that too after the train was burnt with Hindus in it. Remember looting Somnath 17 times. Somnath is in Gujarat.

Indus Mar 06, 2015 09:01am

@lafanga this comment is true to your name. It is evident that where ever Muslims are in majority there is no peace. You have to introspect what Muslim community need to change Majority of Muslims like any other community do not want war.

Indus Mar 06, 2015 09:06am

@Tranquil yes no denial that mithi people are Pakistani but they are also Hindu and peace loving

Maryam Mar 06, 2015 09:13am

@Sid Agreed but we all want harmony and peace.

Babu Mar 06, 2015 09:20am

@Amit- Indian "If Mithi is a role model we want then what was the need of Partition ?"

Jo hua, so hua - don't look back, let's move on.

Rex Mar 06, 2015 09:27am

@lafanga "According to 1941 census, Muslims were 24.3% and Hindus were 66% of the total population of India.

According to 1951 census, Muslims were 9.8% and Hindus were 84.1% of the total population of India.

OMG .... Indians systematically and brutally reduced the Muslim population of India from 24% to less than 10% from 1941 to 1951 and Imported a lot of Hindus from Mars to replace them LOL. If you can answer the above then you will know what happened to Pakistani Hindus before and after partition." India's Muslim population reduced after 1947 because .... surprise.... they created a nation called Pakistan out of India, which was meant for Muslims of India! Do you realize how your nation was born, Lafanga? I guess yes, but you still choose to misrepresent facts. The real and valid comparison is only - what was India's Muslim percentage just after partition and now. You will see a risei in that number f you search honestly. Fact is, India remains a much safer place for Muslims than the country that was setup to house them - Pakistan. Look at stats for number of Muslim deaths in both countries and you will know. But I am sure you know, but choose to lie anyway.

Indus Mar 06, 2015 09:31am

@Safwan More Muslims are slaughtered by Muslims than by non Muslims.

Rafique Khan Mar 06, 2015 09:44am

thank you for this very uplifting report.

Imran R. Kazmi Mar 06, 2015 10:19am

Touché brother. Great article. Keep it up

Viresh Mar 06, 2015 10:41am

Mind it Hindus are majority..tell me one place where muslims are majority and all this happen

Sandeep Singh Mar 06, 2015 10:57am

@irfan farooqui You canot change my mindset by reducing non-muslims population.

Sandeep Singh Mar 06, 2015 11:00am

@Harmony Yeah I saw condition of Hindu where Muslims are in majority...See Kashmir, from where Hindus were forced out of their land..Whom are you fooling. Accept the fact that in a Hindu majority, there is peace.

Sandeep Singh Mar 06, 2015 11:03am

@Imran R. Kazmi Mind it that Hindus are majority here....its not happenning where Muslims are in majority.

mir aftab Mar 06, 2015 11:32am

Excellent highlight, one should hope the Mithi model is replicated through out Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

Parivel Mar 06, 2015 11:42am

Projection of positive news always makes a sense. After all the dead body will be eaten by soil whether you are Hindu or muslim. It does not differentiate.

conservative Mar 06, 2015 11:53am

I have visited Tharparker district )Mithi Chachro Deeplo) and district Umarkot a couple if times. Last time I was there in 2007. Some NGOs especially Thardeep Rural Development Programme were then doing a great job to eradicate poverty and educate people. I trust they are still active in serving the poor lots of Thar desert. I met very dedicated people like Dr Sonu Khangrani, Dr Khatau Mall, Dr Nawaz Soomro and others who gave up their jobs in Karachi and Islamabad to help the people of their native districts. I learned from my Hindo friends that before 1965 and 1971 wars Hindus were in majority around 65 percent but after wars the demography of Thar has changed and now they were about 40 pc or so (I am talking about Thar in Mithi it still may be 80 percent). People live simple life. First time I had a dinner of fried goar beans and wild chibhars with mutton and goat butter. In deed there is a great harmony and peace Because in Thar there is only one community of Tharis who are always going through Biblical and Quranic cycle of drought and rains though the spans are much less than seven years. As great Sufi of our time, Ashfaq Ahmad, said kuch apne mandir jate haen kuch apni masjid jate haen.

Moody Yellow Mar 06, 2015 12:03pm

@S. Israr Ali You mean Allama Iqbal, the poet and intellectual, who rediscovered and promoted the idea of a state based on religion? Poesy and polity do not mix well.

Sheikh zubriden al mints sat Mar 06, 2015 12:35pm

without shahada how will someone fasting in Ramadan accepted,

Dilip Banerjee Mar 06, 2015 01:24pm

I'm not surprised. I'm just enlivened once again to read this storyline. My life time belief in working class people is enriched and strengthened.

I salute the writer for the nice words and lines, specially-

"All religions contradict each other, but that does not mean their followers should make their own colonies on that base alone.

People can and do coexist. It is only the bigots who cannot, and they can be found in every religious group. We must not let them take over the beautiful communities of Pakistan."

I would love to see India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Middle East Arab countries are added to the list.

Wish you all the best.

From a septuagenarian in Kolkata.

AW Mar 06, 2015 02:04pm

The United States of America is another country where there is no religious violence. All religions respect each other and live in peace including Muslims and Hindus who work together, eat together and socialize with each other.

Kartika Mar 06, 2015 02:19pm

Hi !!

An amazing story here, renews the hope and conviction that a day will come when we will celebrate festivals together and share an open border for trade.

This also reminds me of my visit to a small town called Chanderi (famous for chanderi saris) in central India. It has an equal number of Muslims and Hindus residing, an amazing story was retold by the older people. During partition when the Muslims of the town were preparing to migrate to Pakistan. The Hindus of the town came forward and formed a human chain stopping them from leaving the town stating they will have to do so over their dead bodies, well they stayed back and still continue to do so... A very peaceful, beautiful, historic town.

Kartika Mar 06, 2015 02:20pm

@lafanga I think we already do....

jaideep Mar 06, 2015 03:08pm

We : Pakistan, India, western and eastern world should never loose the ultimate Aim of every God on Earth : All humans of no matter what belief they are born into should make gr8 use of their belief to spread goodness, kindness, generosity to each other and together make the whole world as sweet. brotherly and comfortable to live in as Mithi and many places in India, China etc and make Aliens in universe Jealous of our Earth and us Humans. So lets all of us make zealots of our belief extinct to bring Heavens onto Earth !

Ramesh Raja Mar 06, 2015 03:22pm

I Wish I could ever visit Mithi.

Mohit Kumar Mar 06, 2015 03:34pm

Proud to be a part of such village. don't worry from which part we are. But still we are one (unite)....... love you all. Proud to be Pakistani

Taimoor Khan Mar 06, 2015 04:11pm

@NoName Like you Hindus did in Gujrat where thousands of Muslims were massacred and burned alive? Show me on instance in whole Pakistan's history where Majority Muslims massacred the minority Hindus in such fashion? The hindu-Muslim riot is only synonymous with India.

raheel Mar 06, 2015 04:12pm

i agree with writer but there is going one major problem in these areas ...last year i had researched in this area of thar ... where i made friends in thar who tell me nowadays ( jamat dawa) working there and they taught them that he is non muslim so avoid from thim....in near future that area too going to be same as other cities of country...

Taimoor Khan Mar 06, 2015 04:17pm

@Rana mujahid Right, and how conveniently you forgot to mention the Babri mosque demolition which was linked to all the incidents that happened in Gujrat. Did muslims raised their own mosque or it was the Hindu terrorists who were running like wild animals on that day?

Taimoor Khan Mar 06, 2015 04:34pm

An article to celebrate and yet here we are with these hindu fundos trolls of India belonging to Modi bandwagon trying to find some non existent negative issues about Pakistan. Get a life you lot. The hindu-Muslim riots are only synonymous to your homeland which is India, nothing to do with Pakistan. So take your non-sense to someone who would care while the rest give two cents about what you lot are saying.

jaideep Mar 06, 2015 04:46pm

@ Taimoor Khan, you are showing the narrow vision illiteracy in countries like Pakistan. Please google the cause of Gujarat riots and it is live burning of train full of Hindus by muslims and so Godhra riots were a retaliation. Similar is the cause of other Hindu muslim riots in India where Hindus are just retaliating to unacceptable bullying by muslims in any area like Love Jihad to protect Hindu girls from Lafanga muslims ! If there were indeed Hindu terrorists like you think, then India would truly have been a Hindustan with no Khan in Bollywood, no millionaire muslim in Indian bussiness, elite colleges and no Eid or ramazan Holidays ever and today India and Kashmir would have been 100 % Hindu due to 800 million Hindu terrorists ! So please think again carefully before ever blaming Indians for anything !

Taimoor Khan Mar 06, 2015 04:59pm

@jaideep Am I? First and foremost, its never proven the it was Muslims who were involved in the train fire, secondly, that train you mentioned, guess where it was coming from? If you dont know, it was coming from Ayodhiya, the place where once babri mosque stood, full of those Hindus who were involved in the demolation of Babri mosque. Try to educate yourself first. And here you are justifying horrific deaths of thousands of muslims, majority of them burned alive as retaliation by Hindu terrorists? Dont get into stupid arguments about Khans of bollywood, and let me ask you again, which country is known for hindu-Muslim riots? Pakistan or India? We being in absolute majority in Pakistan can crush the Hindus if we want, yet we got people like Rana Baghwandas and Deepak Perwani among us and whom we cherish. We cherish our minorities because they are so few while you lot in India take them for granted.

Vivek Mar 06, 2015 07:35pm

@Hassan Raza - Wonderful wonderful article Hassan. It's for the very first time that I am coming to know about any trace of pluralism in Pakistan. And I'm glad to read this. Not because I'm a Hindu but because I'm a dreamer. No matter how many such positive posts you come out with, some people (from both sides of the border) will not think twice before digging them for absurdities. Look at some of these comments for instance :D Still, keep it up with the good work. Wishes!!

Ram Prasad Mar 06, 2015 08:42pm

Things exist. One just needs to find it. This article conveys the meaning of Buddha's preachings towards compassion and mindfulness, two most important attributes of any human Mind. The "One needs only to look in the direction of truth," preached Gautama Buddha. This is the famous gesture characterized as "Finger pointing to the Moon". Thanks Hassan Raza for the enlightening truth which exists in our society.

Luqman Mar 06, 2015 10:51pm

@ashish It is obviously written that Muslims participate in Diwali and do not slaughter cows in this village. Please read carefully.

IBN E ASHFAQUE Mar 06, 2015 11:19pm

@KrishnaKumar Who has forgotten Babri Masjid?

Ghulam Faruki Mar 06, 2015 11:25pm

Sweet story, but does it take 80% Hindu majority in order to civilize a Pakistani town?

BIKASH CHANDRA Mar 07, 2015 12:30am

Finally they got an example of peaceful co-existence from a remote village. A microscopic example.

Imran A. Mar 07, 2015 01:01am

Sufism teaches tolerance. Not Hinduism or hard Islamists. But Saudi Arabia has funded thousands of dollars to destroy Sufism which is in fact the fabric of Indian/Pakistani Muslims. The Arabs even attacked Sufis while they were in the middle East. The prophet PBUH said the difference between Islam and other religions is tolerance. Sufism is in fact the Islam Sahaba Ikram followed.

USA Mar 07, 2015 01:16am

@NoName ...you hit the nail on the head. Key is Hindus are Majority.

Aaryan Mar 07, 2015 01:21am

Most of you people commenting and hurling insults at one another can actually learn from people of Mithi.

Ashish Mar 07, 2015 08:56am

@Ali. Muslim in India lead a better living standard then the Muslim of Pakistan. Don't try to high light Gujarat riot. Gujarat riot took place as a reaction to Godra train carnage. In my company Most of Muslim's I found to work in good position and staying peacefully in good Hindu majority society.

Indian Mar 07, 2015 01:05pm

@Joker

APJ Abdul Kalam became President of India Hamid Ansari is Vice-President from very long time Can you give me any exam from Pakistan?? You are giving example of Gujarat(2001) for India, but for you , you can give examples everyday by seeing a daily.

Louise Mar 07, 2015 04:00pm

@NoName it shouldn't matter which group has the majority, if people respect other and their right to believe in whatever faith, there can be peace

Rex Major Mar 07, 2015 07:15pm

@Taimoor Khan "...how conveniently you forgot to mention the Babri mosque demolition ..."

Do you want to count the number of temples that were destroyed in Pakistan because of this one disputed mosque?

Rex Major Mar 07, 2015 07:16pm

@Mrs. Khan "@deepak how much of Indian population is residing outside of India? do you know the number? Even been to Dubai and New York? seems like mini India. how many Indians leave India every month to foreign countries in pursuit of better future? do you know the figures?"

And you are saying?

sharon bhan Mar 07, 2015 08:49pm

Wow , does something like this even exist in todays time ? i wish all the so called educated people could learn a little from this .........No religion is good or bad ,only if we could realize and think outside what we are shown by others , it is always the people who make it bad by creating differences ..... I applaud you sir (Hassan Raza ) for filling up this gap ....

tarique Mar 07, 2015 11:14pm

It's definitely an achievement for this small village. Otherwise Hindus and Muslims are not living peacefully even ON THIS PAGE.

Munir Hyder Mar 07, 2015 11:27pm

Beside Mithhi there are many other cities in my Sindh where u will find such examples. our cultural values are mixture of Sufi Islam , Budhism.& Hinduism. Jeay Secular & Sufi Sindh

Datta Mar 08, 2015 10:32am

@tarique ..That was really a scream!!!

Ummul Baneen Mar 09, 2015 02:18pm

very interesting about Mithi

Mehtaaz Mar 11, 2015 04:05pm

@lafanga Sorry Bro, i thought you are speaking to me. We might be discriminated, misbehaved; but the real thing is that is extremely rare in this multi - cultural country. We Muslims will live and die for this nation. The real Islamic ideals of tolerance(not only islamic every religion) can only be seen here. I so hope that peace prevails in your country too. I hope people think themselves as Pakistani before anything. I hope minorities do not have to live in fear in Pakistan, one day. Insha Allah, one day that day will come.

Mehtaaz Mar 11, 2015 04:12pm

@lafanga We had 4 presidents, 3 vice presidents, 3 prime ministers, 5 Chief Justices of India as non-Hindus. Even our best and the most popular president is a Muslim, APJ Abdul Kalam.