Post the deadly Pulwama terror attack, the entire country is left in a state of horror and shock. Over 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives and we're still trying to put the pieces together, all across the country, not sure if they'll fit anymore. But an international humanitarian organisation by the name of 'Khalsa Aid' and some local Gurudwaras and individual Sikhs helped the Kashmiri population who were trying to escape vigilante mob attacks all across the country and we know for sure there is still some faith left in humanity.
The organisation gave protection, food and shelter to many stranded Kashmiris and helped them reach back safe to their homes in Kashmir. The violence erupted all over North India where many Kahsmiri students were being attacked in retaliation to the attack on the 14th of February and with the help of Khalsa Aid, they've all made it back home safe.
As a mark of gratitude and in order to thank the Sikh communities, the Kashmiris have now expressed their love for the Sikhs for helping them out in times of need and have offered free services to the Sikhs, namely medical treatments and education and free snow bike rides in Gulmarg.
So much so, a cartoon caricatured by a Kashmiri cartoonist by the name of Suhail Naqshbandi has gone viral on social media. The sketch depicts a Sikh offering a helping hand to a drowning Kashmiri, narrating the benevolent services and gratitude towards the brotherhood.20 February 2019
The cartoonist tweeted: “Sardar means a leader and they lead by example. Hats off for being everywhere to help.” The post went viral on Twitter and was re-tweeted many times.
The cartoon was also shared by former Jammu & Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah.
I salute our Sikh brethren who came to the aid of young Kashmiris all over the country. Admire their exemplary spirit to serve with utmost dignity & fortitude. https://t.co/rOGN4mS2PA— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) 20 February 2019
This cartoon is very apt. The Sikh sangat has gone above & beyond the call of duty in reaching out & helping Kashmiris in distress, whether in Jammu or outside the state. A special thanks to @capt_amarinder Sahib for his statesmanship in ensuring security & safety for Kashmiris. https://t.co/QRPsTf1JoI— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) 20 February 2019
Although, the Khalsa Aid CEO Ravinder Singh corrected the former CM from the National Conference for giving credit to the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and over a tweet told him the effort was made by the Gurudwaras.
With due respect the initiative was taken by the GURDWARAS in Chandigarh and then the @khalsaaid_india team funded & coordinated the 20 buses for the students. It was the Panjabi people's love for humanity ðð»ðð» @OmarAbdullah https://t.co/L4BIkhHvrP— ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) 20 February 2019
A lot others took to the internet as well, to express their gratitude.
No one in #Punjab can harm any #Kashmiri..strong message from #SikhCommunity to mindless mob after #PulwamaTerrorAttacks .Thanks to Sikh Community. Other must learn form them.#Pulwama #PulwamaEncounter #KashmiriMuslims #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/lNyAacSuig— Manzoor Shah (@manzoorshah_JK) 19 February 2019
Appreciations,â¤ n respect being paid to the Sikh community from #Kashmir. Discount on shopping, free admissions,free coaching, free gifts n what not.
Request every Kashmiri to donate wholeheartedly 4 @Khalsa_Aid international who r always there to help irrespective.#pulwama
Kashmir is indebted to our Sikh Comunity Khalsa Aid & sm gud souls who hv com frwd to help Kashmiris stuck in other States and wr in dire need of help post Pulwama Attack
Salutes to you all ð#HumanityStillExists#ThankYouFromKashmir@Shehla_Rashid @SagrikaKissu @KangriCarrier
Sikhs always stand against tyranny, oppression and discrimination.
Thank you @Khalsa_Aid, @amarpreet1313 and @RaviSinghKA, alongside local Gurdwaras and local Sikhs, for exemplifying this after #Pulwama.
A Srinagar based restaurateur, Java Parsa was among the stranded Kashmiris and he recounted his experience with the Khalsa Aid community and took to Twitter too to express his gratitude towards then. He said the Sikh community " fixed my heart and restored my faith in humanity". He helped give aid to a lot of stranded students as well.18 February 2019
#KashmiriStudents thanks for #Sikh community in #India after situation of hate & fear created by some goons after #PulwamaAttack.
Those chanting #IndiaWantsRevenge and #BadlaKab #Badla should learn some #Humanity. If U want #Kashmir but Hate #Kashmiris. #Shame #WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/4fPCiqgVA0
Many Kashmiris also recounted how many Sikhs stood outside college and universities, guarding students from the vigilante mob.
Sikhs guarding one of the college in Punjab at night. Sikhs in groups went from college to college in Punjab to look for Kashmiri students and help them out following mob attacks on Kashmiris at many places. pic.twitter.com/nHbq1bfrjI— Muhammad Raafi' (@MohammadRaafi) 19 February 2019
Truly, kindness and a helping hand at such tough times is all we need to restore our faith in humanity and Khalsa Aid along with many other Sikhs have gone beyond just giving a helping hand. They've taught us what true brotherhood really looks like. We at MensXP would like to extend much gratitude towards the community and we hope they continue such good and kind work always.