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The snacks factory where Hindus and Muslims work like brothers
A small fried salted snacks factory in eastern Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur city has become synonymous with inter-faith harmony. Hindu and Muslim workers work without letting religious differences come in the way, eat together and celebrate each others' religions with equal enthusiasm.

THE RETAIL industry, be it the organized or the unorganized sector, having small or large presence, is a rapidly evolving sector in India. The snacks making unit in Gorakhpur where Hindus and Muslims work as a team is a good example of how - when it comes to livelihood and earning for the family - issues like past and present religious animosity can pale in significance.

Part of the reason why this snacks factory has enjoyed success is due to good relations between Hindu and Muslim workers. Putting aside, while respecting at the same time, each others' faiths - the husband and wife owners, and workers, share work and celebrations together - emblematic of the true Indian culture.

Amit, a worker working in the factory told ANI, "I work in this factory. Hindus and Muslim both work here and we carry out our responsibilities in peace and hamanony. If Muslims have a festival or a celebratory occasion then we go to their house and they come to our house when they are celebrating anything. There is no discrimination."

Almost the same sentiments were echoed by worker Iqbal Ansari who said, "We particiapte in the lives of our work-brothers and support and respect each other."

Brijesh, the owner, said, "I employ 3-4 Muslims and 10-12 Hindus, and they work together. They prepare snacks together. They eat together. For their respective religious holidays, we give them holidays - irrespective of their religion. No matter what happens, We don't let what's happening outside on the streets affect our working environement." This neutrality in the face of provocation and prejudiced past is the main reason why, so far, differences have not led to eruption of an incident within the factory.

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