It might be a unique reason but in order to ensure harmony between different communities, the residents of Manhalli village in Karnataka simply refuse to build any statues in the area.
The village, which falls in the state’s Bidar district, boasts a population of over 19,000 people, makes sure that this is one rule that everyone abides by.
That means it has no religious statues, no statues of political leaders or religious ones or even statues of freedom fighters.
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Rajkumar Pasare, Kannada Sahitya Parishat president, Bidar South Zone, spoke to Bangalore Mirror, noting that this move has kept the village a peaceful region. He said, “There have been several instances where people show disrespect towards a statue. There have been instances where communal tension was reported after miscreants garlanded a statue with chappals or robbed spectacles and damaged statues in a fit of rage.”
This custom which has proven to be successful because, according to Rajkumar, the residents of the village have lived in peace with no untoward incidents for years. He also notes that the village has not seen any communal tensions since the time of the country’s independence. He is also quick to point out that despite being a rural area, the village is well-developed.
In fact, communities part of different religions not only live alongside one another in peace but they also come together to celebrate each other’s most important customs! It is tradition in the village that the Muslims celebrate Dasara and the Hindus partake in Ramzan.