Use of loudspeakers in religious places have always been a topic of debate in India. Whether used by the Hindu community for playing the bhajans or by the Muslim community for the Azaan, many times it’s caused a tension among the communities.

While some term it as an example of forced religiousness others view it as a symbol of India’s diversity and pluralism. According to a TOI report, when similar tensions were simmering in a Moaradabad Village in UP for last 3 years finally the villagers chose to remove the loudspeakers from both the temples and mosques.

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Speaking to the newspaper, Circle officer (rural) Chakramani Tripathi told, “Police and district administration of Moradabad is full of praise for the initiative taken by the elders of both the communities who amicably resolved the issue in the holy month of Ramzan.”

For the last three years, Triyadan village has been in news for repeated communal violence over the use of loudspeakers on places of worship of both the communities.

Dinesh Singh, a 40-year-old village resident was quoted as saying “Outsiders who had nothing to do with the village used to ignite communal tension which would often lead to violence. Later, police cases were filed against members of both the communities and many of us landed in jail. It took us a long while to see through their game-plan. Once things became clear to us, we decided to talk to each other which worked in everybody’s favor”.

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While Zakir Hussain another 55-year-old villager said that violence is an act of Satan. Zakir further told that in the holy month of Ramzan the decision to remove the loudspeakers off the religious places was taken, and now both the communities are living in peace.

This gesture by the villagers is certainly heartwarming and is a slap in the face of the people who try to incite violence and hatred on religious grounds.

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