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Visually challenged, yet communally sound
It you are to witness communal harmony in India, you better visit this school for blind children in Agra where students from all faiths participate in the festivities of other religions.

THE LUI BRAIL Residential Blind School is a five- year-old organization in Agra, which houses people from all communities with an aim of spreading communal harmony. The school started with only six children and now there are more than thirty eight students who learn not just life skills but also about other religions.

Khushbu, a teacher from the same school said: “Our basic motive behind educating blind kids who come from different backgrounds is to spread harmony amongst all, irrespective of their religion. The kids from all the religions - Hindu, Muslim and Christianity come here and learn to be a member of a single community.”

She also said that there is no discrimination between these kids and 'our aim is to strengthen ties between them, overlook differences, accept other religion and spread the message of brotherhood.'

All festivals, be it Eid, Diwali or Christmas, are celebrated with equal enthusiasm. And Navratri, the Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, is celebrated by all the children and teachers from different communities. They participate in the Bhajans and Kirtans and enjoy the festivities. The respect and acceptance of other religions is clearly visible as all enjoy the festival equally.

Sonal Dubey, the Principal of Lui Brail Residential Blind School told ANI, “It is a place for educating blind children so that they can learn how to respect other religions. They are taught the lessons of unity and equality for all. All religions are welcome here and there are many Hindu and Muslim children who are here with us.”

One of the students of the school, Marjeena Khatoon who is a Muslim was given the role of Ram in the Ramleela play, which was a part of Navratri celebrations. And the student said, “I love the role I am playing. I want that we all should live together happily.”

Rabindra Kumar Tripathi, a blind musician said, “Music binds all communities together. It doesn't differentiate between Hindus and Muslims. Goddess Saraswati's blessings are over everyone here in this institution be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christians.”

Places and instances like these go a long way in strengthening the social fabric of India that is made up of diverse strands.

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