When a Langar at a local Gurdwara changed the mindset of a large group of youngsters in Hyderabad


Hyderabad has always been a shimmering example of diversity. But, amidst this gleeful diversity there has been, looming for sometimes , an underlying notion of group, community and religion based identities.

But despite witnessing deep differences, a lot of youngsters don’t hesitate to mingle up with people of  different communities. Seeing this as an opportunity, Rubaroo, an organization based in Hyderabad, Telengana, collaborated with the Samjho Toh Express, a 9 month long campaign initiated in 14 states by Commutiny -The Youth Collective which broke religious and social stereotypes amongst thousands of youngsters from diverse social, economic and religious backgrounds, to chalk out an event where they can talk to each other about power, privilege, identities, opportunities and differences.

“Nullifying the effects of exclusion and differences amongst the identity groups, we as an organization have moved a lot from cycle one to cycle two  in terms of understanding and analysing the youth and their stereotypes. “- says Monisha from Rubaroo.

To break such stereotypes the participants in the track event visited different places of worship. At a gurdwara, the participants joined in and served people at a langaar. This new experience infused a sense of cross cultural connect in them which crossed and broke many barriers.

Samjho Toh Express as a collective initiative helped in the overall development of youth and their mobilization. At the manzil event, the Rubaroo officials felt a change themselves. They were enthralled with happiness to see the joy on the faces of youngsters who for the first time visited a gurudwara and the wide smiles on the faces of those who got mesmerized by the cultural and colourful beauty of the Muslims during Ramzaan.

The Samjho Toh Express played a major role in giving the spark to the youth. Now the fire has been lit within the heart of these youngsters. The so called “Lakshman Rekha” that divided the humanity apart has been rubbed off. For a change these young individuals don’t identify themselves as Hindus and Muslims, as educated and uneducated, as upper and lower caste and not as rich and poor but as one, as HUMAN BEINGS.

A member organization under the campaign, SAMJHO TOH EXPRESS, organised by Commutiny –  The Youth Collective, which aims at strengthening the cross border relationships among the youth. Where cross border refers to across religion, caste, class, gender, region etc.

Hyderabad being a city of diverse population and has strongly grouped identity based group. Majorly community based, religion based and the list continues.Religious diversities varying from Muslims, Christians and Hindus exist in major parts of Hyderabad.

Despite having such differences youth doesn’t hesitate much to mingle up and seeing this as an opportunity Rubarru chalked out junction event for the youth where they talked to each other about power, privilege, identities and opportunities, bringing each other into their comfort zones.

CYC’s concept of creating 5th space showed remarkable success when the young minds voluntarily came up with their curiosities and conflicts. This enabled the youth to address and analysis the social issues. Such stereotypes came to an end when the participants in the track event visited gurudwara. At gurudwara, the participants joined and served people at langaar. Since, they have never ever visited that place. This enabled them understand the culture and connect themselves beyond all borders.

SAMJHO TOH EXPRESS as a collective initiative helped in overall development of youth and mobilization. “The diversity of the campaign and the geographical location plays a major role, which helps us connect and learn from other member organisations” says Monisha from Rubaroo.

Youth development itself describes the beauty of the campaign and the fact that issues are not binding issues but interconnected. Youngsters are filled with enormous excitement and energy to address issues and resolve them.  This itself became the strength of Rubaroo officials and encouraged them to work harder. Success of the campaign comes out when the youngsters break all the walls and build cross border relationships and unite as one, as human beings. At the manzil event, the Rubarru officials felt a change within themselves in this rigorous approach. They were enthralled with happiness to see the joy on the faces of youngsters who for the first time visited a gurudwara. Those who got mesmerized by the culture and beauty of the Muslims during ramzaan.

The CYC’s campaign played a major role in giving the spark to the youth. Now the fire has been lit within the heart of the youngsters. The “Lakshman Rekha” that divides humanity apart has been rubbed off. The revolution has created many young revolutionaries with a responsibility on their shoulders to spread the sensation across the nation.

For a change when we don’t identify ourselves as Hindus and Muslims, as educated and uneducated, as upper and lower castes and not as rich and poor but as one, as HUMAN BEGINS- AS GOD’S OWN CHILDREN.

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