Raksha Bandhan: Hindu women tie rakhis to Muslim men in Gorakhpur

Carrying forward a decade-old tradition of reclaiming Hindu-Muslim unity on Raksha Bandhan in the city, a huge number of Hindu women tied rakhis to Muslim men at Prem Chandra Park on Tuesday evening. The initiative was taken by a group of young girls and boys of Gorakhpur, back in 2009. Over the years, many people have become a part of this tradition.…

On the occasion, another founder Pinky Bharti said, “I am one of the founding members and over the years, I have earned many brothers. I love Raksha Bandhan and I love India.”

Similarly, Indu Verma, a participant in the program, said, “I have been tying rakhis to Muslim brothers since two years and I think, such programs should be promoted in the country. I am waiting for the day when I could tie rakhi to my Kashniri Muslim brothers.”

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