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NRI Muslim heads security at US Hindu temple, sets an example of inter- faith cooperation

NRI Muslim heads security at US Hindu temple sets an example of inter faith cooperation pardesi news 1469766535

Mumbai-born Muslim heads security at the largest US Hindu temple. This sets an example of inter- faith cooperation and social harmony at a time when religious intolerance rhetoric is on the rise.

A Mumbai-born Muslim police officer is the security in-charge of the largest Hindu temple in the Indianapolis, of the US. An eight-degree black-belt in Taekwondo and a kick boxing champion, Lt Javed Khan from the local police department is director of security at the Hindu temple in Indianapolis.

Mr. Khan has been appointed as the Director of security for the temple that has been in existence for several years but held its opening ceremony only in 2015, which was attended by several state leaders.

"We are Indians. Half my family is Hindu. I do not believe in Hindu-Muslim thing," Khan said.

Khan said it all started a few years ago, when he married his daughter to a Telugu boy at this Hindu temple, after which he started knowing people at the temple.

"Whenever, I go to temple, I do not even feel I am in America. I feel I am in India," Khan said, sharing his experience. He also added that, "I felt there is need over there for protection. Then I offered my services. I am director of security for the temple now. While the temple has been in existence for the past several years, its formal opening ceremony - Kumbhabhishekam - was held last year, which was attended by top state leaders".

For the temple visitors, many consider him from the Hindu faith. According to Ravi Pattar, chairman of temple Board of Trustees,"He (Khan) provides us security on the weekends and at major events".

Khan settled in Indiana in 2001, a year after he migrated to the United States. He had been coming to the US since 1986 for participating in various martial arts championship. 

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