True to the spirit of communal harmony and the syncretic culture of the country, Sukh Pal Singh Bedi, a Sikh cloth merchant of Purquazi town under Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh has donated a 900 sq. ft. plot to the Muslims for building a mosque. The donation of the plot has come in the wake of the worldwide celebrations of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak. Sukh Pal Singh Bedi, who wanted to do something special to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, donated the land as he believes that all people are equal and everybody should respect each other’s religion.
Purquazi, a border town between Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand, which has a population of about 30000, two third being the Muslims, has less than 200 Sikh families. The town has a history of best practice of communal harmony and people celebrating each other’s religious festivals. Respecting to the noble gesture of Sukh Pal Singh, the Muslims of the town opine that the new mosque to be constructed on the land will be special to the community, even though there are other mosques in the town.