Suleman was in need of a house. He had enough money to buy a house. He went to Tripti Housing Society, which was quite close to the company where he was working. It was a housing society where all were strict vegetarians. So the manager of the Housing Society refused to give him accommodation as the tenants opposed the idea. Suleman realized the reason for being denied accommodation and left the place quietly.

Another employee of the same company, Jagdish who was married to Shabana went to Sakina Manzil because he felt Shabana would find better company there. He was refused accommodation there because he was a Hindu. Then he went to Tripti Housing Society but there too he did not get a house, because he had married a Muslim girl. The next day, when Suleman and Jagdish met at lunch time, they discussed their experiences. As they were discussing, peter another colleague joined them. All three of them decided to take the help of the company and apply to Maharashtra Housing Board for forming a Co-operative Housing Society.

The idea was put up before the colleagues, who were in need of accommodation. They readily agreed. The cooperative housing society, which they formed, was called Ekta housing Society. It was an example of cooperative co-existence, endeavoring for growth and development, where all the religions and communities mingled together without any discrimination whatsoever.

The Ekta Co-operative Housing Society was buzzing with a number of varied common activities for development with the participation of all the families. The celebrations of festivals combined the social and cultural aspects and blended them with education and entertainment. Every individual had something to contribute and something to learn from the celebrations.

All the members of the Co-operative Housing Society had experienced the ill-effects of religious communities rising up against one another. They realized that a garland has different flowers of different colors, each contributing to the beauty of the whole garland. Similarly, each individual has abilities, talents and culture. He/she contributes to the growth of the entire community. Even if differences of opinion are there, they help in analyzing, rethinking, decision-making and problem-solving with a co-ordinate effort.

 


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