Jind: Cutting across the religious barriers, two Muslim girls Majidan and her sister Bashri are taking Sanskrit lessons the Jind district of Haryana. Their move comes as a slap on the face of people who make efforts to discriminate people of basis of caste, creed and religion.

Daughters of ex-army man Pyaredeen Sheikhu, Majidan and Bashri are residents of Ramrai village in Jind. Both sisters are fluent in Sanskrit and have a good command over the language while reciting ‘Slokas’. Their skills in Sanskrit can even take the priests by surprise.

After completing Class X exam, Majidan expressed her desire to get enrolled in a Sanskrit Mahahvidyalaya located in the village. Sheikhu supported his daughter’s move and encouraged her to take up Sanskrit education. Presently, she is pursuing the course of ‘Shastri’ at Sanskrit Mahahvidyalaya. The course is expected to be completed in another one year. A topper in all Sanskrit exams in which Majidan has appeared, reveals her dedication and commitment towards the language.

Following the footsteps of her elder sister, Bashri too took admission in the Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya. She will be appearing for the Visharad exam (Class XII) this year.

Majidan said “The motivation from family members gave me the strength to take up Sanskrit language.” Whereas, Bashri claimed that she took inspiration from her elder sister.

Previously, Sheikhu’s nephew Kala too had pursued Sanskrit education from this institute. Sheikhu said “Religion and language should act as a connective link between people, and Sanskrit education will help groom my daughters as better human beings.”
Head of the management committee for Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya Phool Kumar Shastri said that education cannot be divided on grounds of caste and religion.

(JPN/Bureau)