Ramadan 2023 is a time of great celebration and reflection for the people of Almora, a cultural city located in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand, India. This year, a remarkable example of the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb – the harmonious coexistence of Hindus and Muslims – was witnessed when a Hindu man, Harikrishna Khatri, received Iftari from his Muslim friend, Farooq.
Harikrishna has been fasting during Ramadan for the past 46 years, a tradition he started at the age of 14. He grew up in a society where Hindus and Muslims lived together and learned to respect and appreciate each other’s traditions and customs. The goodbye fast is particularly significant to him, and he has followed it with great devotion and tradition for all these years.
In Almora, the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb is a way of life, and examples of this can be seen all over the city. Hindus and Muslims work together during Moharram and Dussehra, and other festivals, showing the world that peaceful coexistence is not only possible but also beautiful.
In a special conversation with News 18 Local, Harikrishna spoke about his experiences and the support he receives from his family and friends. He shared that he looks forward to receiving Iftari in the evenings, and his dream is to perform the Haj pilgrimage someday.
Harikrishna’s story is an inspiration to all of us. His devotion to the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb and his commitment to fasting during Ramadan for 46 years is a testament to the power of love and respect. It is a reminder that no matter what our differences may be, we can always find common ground and live together in peace.
As we celebrate Ramadan in 2023, let us remember Harikrishna and the many others like him who embody the spirit of the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb. Let us strive to build bridges and foster understanding between different communities, and let us work towards creating a world where peace and harmony are the norm.