Gurgaon is now a vibrant satellite city, and there is constant news for Muslims to refuse to offer Friday Prayer in the square there. This issue has many layers and needs to be understood along with the changing dynamics of the place that has transformed into a Millennium city.
Since the city planners in Delhi decided to develop the satellite city of Gurgaon, the development of a village called Gargawan has begun at a breathtaking pace. The desperate pace of development has completely changed the face of this small town. There are several things that started happening at the same time. The property boom brought the real estate mafia when landowners began selling their property to these real estate sharks. As a result, large-scale construction work began, and suddenly Gurgaon began to be scattered in skyscrapers.
Another aspect of Gurgaon was that, despite the abundance of the locals, they were uneducated and unskilled in patriarchal makeup. Most of the young people are unemployed and survive in the real estate sold. They remained lazy and their minds became a devil’s workshop. The sudden abundance of money and politics has changed people’s political outlook. Slowly they turned Gurgaon into a hotbed of religious fundamentalism. Therefore, the unprecedented growth of Gurgaon’s city has caused many interrelated problems.
Another aspect of Gurgaon’s enormous development was that the real estate boom brought businesses, and businesses brought workers. Most of the workers came from poor Indian states such as West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Assam. Worker migration, which was previously a trickle, has escaped due to the construction boom. Thousands of people have moved to Gurgaon to earn a living. Migrant workers have begun to live in row houses in the backyards of shopping malls, gated colonies, private townships and more. The characteristics of this city were found throughout Gurgaon’s newly developed sector.
Most of the people who lived there were servicing the inhabitants. They worked as maids, cooks, drivers, security guard construction workers, ordinary workers, and more. Almost 99% of maids and cooks who worked in Hindu families in Gurgaon are Bengali Muslims who go by Hindu names.
These migrant workers brought in their religion, which became a painful point in the developmental landscape of Gurgaon. Many Hindus have seen the usefulness of migrant workers, but they refuse to adapt their religion to the expanding space of the new city.
It is estimated that more than 100,000 Muslims may be new settlers in Gurgaon. The arrival of Islamic migrant workers has changed the social dynamics of the place. The increase in Muslim immigrants has panicked native Hindus. The religion of migrant workers clashed with the ideologies of the new bourgeoisie and Hindutva living in Gurgaon. Some locals say they can accept workers, but not their religion. Is such a trivial prejudice at the heart of the problem buried under the international façade of Gurgaon?
Gurgaon is a Hindu-dominated society, and it’s unusually panicking to see many Muslims gather and pray in vacant spaces on Friday afternoon. This will openly bring out expensive Hindu youth with the common intention of preventing Muslims from praying in the square.
A prevailing level of communalism in Gurgaon is that the “All Indian Saints Council” has created an army of 15,000 boys trained to “live for Hindus and die for Hindus.” You can confirm by the facts. They are people who are ready to offend Islamic religious sentiment in an instant and who have criminal intent and interfere with the worship of openly praying Islamic people.
Many people ask what is the international culture of an international city called Gurgaon. Why are there no place for migrant workers to prosper and fulfill their religious obligations? Why did urban planners not provide enough space for them to build mosques so that they could claim their religious obligations?
Is it clear that the Millennium City planners weren’t thinking about others while planning this megacity? The real face they were building a place only for Hindus is very obvious. Hindu festivals are publicly celebrated. Hoe and cultural performances are held systematically. By comparison, there is no place for Muslims to engage in their religious activities. This is in stark contrast to cities developed in the Gulf region, where all religions are adapted to city planning.
The city planner who planned Gurgaon did not expect any non-Hindus to occupy this place. They did not plan for other religions to use the place of worship. This situation might never have evolved if the town planners had left space for Muslims to build their place of worship.
Muslims can pray five times daily everywhere, but it’s important to remember that Friday’s congregation prayers must be done together. They cannot forget this idea about that part of their religious testimony.
In the case of Gurgaon, Muslim worshipers want to pray near the workplace so that they can return to the workplace immediately. This is denied by them. The district administration had previously approved 73 public places for congregational prayer. They later reduced it to 37. In addition, they reduced it to 29, and now there is nothing.
This will allow Muslims to pray at the unfinished mosque in Sector 57. There, even four shifts cannot accommodate all. It is estimated that about 50,000 Muslims come out every Friday to pray, but no mosque can accommodate them all.
There are 1.1 million people living in Gurgaon. According to the 2011 census, less than 5 percent of Muslims. Gurgaon has 22 of the 10 mosques in the old town. These mosques are too far from Muslim migrant workers living on the other side of the city. This allows them to head to the nearest empty space, such as a square, park, pavement, or parking lot, to pray. I want to use my lunch break to get back to work early, so I want to pray there.
Islamic worshipers say they are openly praying from coercion, not by choice. There is no mosque near them where they can go and pray for peace. Some are ready to buy land and build a place of worship, but the government has set a condition that new mosques can only be built based on the proportion of the Islamic population living in a particular area. say.
Gurgaon Muslims are seeking legal remedies to solve the problem. It makes sense that the government needs to understand the nature of the problem and allocate land on which the Islamic community can build a place of worship. But what is likely to continue the current stalemate until the court gives instructions to resolve this issue?
Saeed Ali Mujutaba is a journalist.He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The views expressed are personal
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