Mangaluru: Demonetisation move of the central government has put people in to deep inconvenience. Taking note of the same and specifically considering the hunger pangs of the people, the Sikh community in Mangaluru came forward to pacify the hunger.
The Sikh religion is such that it holds lot of significance to community meals and at the Golden Temple of Amritsar, it is indeed a feast for eyes to witness thousands of people accepting the ‘langar’ irrespective of caste, creed and class divisions.
Keeping this spirit alive in Mangaluru, on Saturday night, as many as ten Sikh families came forward to serve free food at the Mangalore Central Railway station for everyone walking up to them to pick a pack for themselves.
On Saturday evening at about 7.30 pm, the Sikh community members served hot Dal and rice to as many as 1,000 people. Overwhelmed by the response, they have, on Sunday prepared tasty pulao for 2,000 people.
Speaking about this initiative, Community member and BJP leader Balwinder Singh told newskarnataka.com that ever since the demonetisation move was made, lot of people were facing inconvenience, but they had accepted the government’s move wholeheartedly.
“We thought it was our duty to do our bit and hence we started serving food here at the railway station by opening two counters. This evening we will again serve Dal-rice to people. Since we had procured permission for two day, we will end our programme today. We intended to continue the same for few more days, but since we too are facing problems due to currency demonitisation we are not sure if we can continue the same for some more days,” said Singh adding that at present ten volunteers are serving at the station.
However, the community is also busy preparing for Guru Nanak Jayanthi, which will be celebrated on Monday. So, this initiative of the Sikh community comes as a rich and true tribute to Guru Nanakji, the founder of Sikhism, who gave a call to his members to serve all without any reservations so that God bestows them an honourable place.