A chorus of Indian Muslim Girls and Women: “Learn and Earn”

Date: Feb 14, 2013

Refrain from Indian Muslim Girls and Women

Visiting urbanized Shahbath Moredpur, a hamlet just behind the spanking New Delhi airport and Chainsa in rural Haryana state – three striking similarities emerged. First, both villages have long histories of Hindu-Muslim amity over 150 years: harmonious relationships dominate these religiously mixed communities, and their Muslims did not flee to Pakistan in 1947 during Partition. Second, in both villages, a local philanthropist – an older Muslim woman in Shabath Moredpur and a Muslim man and political /community leader in Chainsa – gifted land to start a community center for their respective villages. And third, in both villages, Muslim girls and women resoundingly voiced their passion for learning and earning!