The Sweeper, Katras Raj

“I clean this place out of respect as it once belonged to Hindu who was resident of Choa Saidanshah. My grandfather told me that he and his father, my great-grandfather, had very good relations with the Hindus before partition. He used to tell me that the Muslims and Hindus lived in harmony with each other and even during the partition, my father and the community assisted them for safe journey to India. He used to share stories that how this temple was well maintained and there used to be lots of festivities such as Diwali and Holi. Now, the town is partially a ghost town and the temple is in ruins. People throw garbage and I collect them every sunset and dispose of them outside town because my grandfather used to do the same. We remember the Mughal empire but we have forgotten our history before their era.”

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