When violence, born out of hatred, hits a city - it brings out the worst in some people.
Thankfully, it brings out the best in others - and that serves as a reminder for every one, that the foundation of the city is not as weak as they are being made to believe by the divisive forces.
In one part of Delhi, a gurdwara opens its doors to Muslims and anyone who needs shelter.— Nilanjana Roy (@nilanjanaroy) February 25, 2020
In Seelampur, Dalits blocked the roads against mobs, sheltered their Muslim neighbours.
Police and politicians have forgotten their duty; but the people have courage and heart.#DelhiRiots
Delhi, right now, is experiencing the same. In the recent riots, we have seen some gruesome acts of brutality, which put humanity to shame. However, a silver lining has emerged in the form of various gestures of thoughtfulness, made by people of all backgrounds and walks of life.
"Tum theek ho?" little Vipan (12) asked his school friend Ayan over the phone.— Somya Lakhani (@somyalakhani) February 27, 2020
"Haan, tum theek ho?" Ayan asked Vipan. Vipan lives in #Maujpur, Ayan in #NoorIlahi, both riot-hit areas in northeast Delhi. Their friendship is intact through all this. #DelhiRiots2020
Here, we list some of them:
1. Sanjiv, from Delhi's Mustafabad, saved his Muslim neighbour Mujibur Rehman's life, after the latter lost all his belongings and house to the riots.
Here, Mujibur talks about the same to journalist Barkha Dutt.
The incredible story of Mujibur Rehman, I meet him in #Mustafabad. The mob burnt his house, looted his belongings, his life was saved by his Hindu neighbour, Sanjiv. He's read both the Vedas & the Quran & this is his message of peace. A moment of sunshine in despair. #DelhiRiots pic.twitter.com/h2rqcz1pIL— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 26, 2020
2. After gurudwaras, the churches in vicinity of riot-affected areas welcomed people looking for help in these testing time.
Lending a helping hand, the National Council of Churches in India urged its 'constituents everywhere to stand in solidarity with victim communities in their locales and foster an atmosphere of peace and human security across the country'.
3. Locals in Bajrangbali Moholla gave Muslim men, women and children shelter inside the Bajrang Bali Temple.
Leading them inside, they were heard saying, "Tum kyun darr rahe ho, ye toh tumhara hi moholla hai".
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The Need of the Hour // Among the violent reports from across Delhi came a small video as a ray of hope. In Bajrangbali Moholla in Maujpur, locals came together and took Muslim men, women and children into the Bajrang Bali Temple. "Tum kyun darr rahe ho, ye to tumhaara hi moholla hai, JAHIL thode hi hai hum unki tareh" a man said while letting them in. This is what needs to be done right now. In this chaos people are also helping the ones in need, opening their houses for the ones in need. Via @theconsocius
4. In Chand Bagh, Muslims formed a human chain a protect a temple from being destroyed.
A report from Indian Express quoted one of the residents Saleem as saying, "It would have been shameful for us if the temple would have been damaged".
5. The Sikh Forum released a press-note, reminiscing what happened in 1984 and reiterating the importance of maintaining peace in the city.
The Sikh Forum has worked to ensure that the events of '84 cannot be whitewashed. Last night they issued this press-note on the current violence, it needs to be read - this ghastly situation is eerily reminiscent of that which occurred 35 years back. pic.twitter.com/HMxrHclhr7— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) February 27, 2020
6. From providing shelter to looking out for each other, residents of Mustafabad combined forces to fight against the ongoing violence.
In one such instance, a Hindu girl was staying at a Muslim person's house for 2 days. On being asked about the same, she told Firstpost:
I was in college when the situation started getting out of control. My classmate and friend, Shama, asked me if I would like to come to her place as it was the closest place of safety we could get to from college.
7. Forced to cancel her wedding due to the riots, 23-year-old Savitri Prasad got married the following day, thanks to her 'Muslim brothers' who stood outside her home in Chand Bagh as the ceremony took place.
"My Muslim brothers are protecting me today," she told Reuters.
8. When things got scary, Muslims in Mustafabad area of Delhi gathered around their Hindu neighbours to save them from getting harmed by the miscreants.
"Waise toh keh rahe the Hinduo ko marenge lekin sab bhaiya khade thee" a Hindu resident at #Mustafabad narrating how their Muslim neighborhood saved them Tuesday night #DelhiRiots2020 #DelhiBurns pic.twitter.com/JMH2WbC4sH— Somrita Ghosh (@Somrita_Ghosh) February 27, 2020
9. 17-year-old Harsh Singh was given shelter by his Muslim neighbours Wahab and his wife as he was alone in his Khajoori Khas home when violence escalated in the area.
They also gave him food since his mother was not at home at the time. Harsh told The Hindu that he is like their child and has never felt unsafe in the locality.
10. Jeetender Verma, who lives in Delhi's Ashok Nagar, tried to reason with the angry mob that vandalised the mosque and put a saffron flag in Gali No. 5.
He got injured in the process but tried his best. In an interview given to The Quint, Jeetender said, "I tried to tell them to stop vandalising the mosque and the shops. I told them that this is not good for both communities but they started beating me up. I ran for my life and they kept pelting stones at his home".