Confluence of faiths against CAA in Shaheen Bagh   

More than one lakh people of different faiths came together on Sunday to participate in a ‘’sarva dharma sambhava’’ - a multi-faith prayer ceremony - at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh


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All faiths of the country have unitedly shown their disbelief in the discriminatory CAA.

More than one lakh people of different faiths came together on Sunday to participate in a ''sarva dharma sambhava'' - a multi-faith prayer ceremony - at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.

Shaheen Bagh has been witnessing protests against citizenship law for almost a month now.

The inter-faith ceremony witnessed a traditional Hindu-style "hawan" and chants of Sikh "kirtan", Scriptures from the Gita, the Bible, the Quran were read.

Participants also read out the Preamble of the Constitution and took an oath to preserve its "socialist, secular" values.

The crowd swelled from hundreds to over a lakh by midnight. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was among those who addressed the protest in the evening.

The concept of ''sarv dharm sambhav''  was popularised by Mahatma Gandhi during India's freedom struggle against the British rule to promote inter-faith harmony.

Hundreds of protesters, including women and children, stayed put at the Sarita Vihar-Kalindi Kunj road at Shaheen Bagh.

Zainul Abidin, 44, of Ghaffar Manzil had started a hunger strike on December 16 to demand for repealing the CAA and after a fortnight was joined by Mehrunissa, 40, of Sarita Vihar.

Besides them, three elderly women too have been a constant sight at the centre stage of the protest venue since Day One.

A replica of the India Gate has also come near the protest site with names of the people who have lost their lives during anti-CAA protests across the country inked on it.

Over two dozen such names are written on the replica including those from states like Assam, Karnataka, Bihar and most of them from Uttar Pradesh.

Besides Delhi, protests have unfolded in several parts of the country over the contentious law.

CAA discriminates against Muslims and makes religion a criteria for citizenship for the first time.

Lakhs of people who come together against the law strengthen the real essence of India's unity in diversity.

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