AMRITSAR: It may sound strange but shlokas from Bhagavad Gita reverberated in a school in Karachi, Pakistan, where young Hindu boys and girls took part in a quiz contest held on Saturday to test their knowledge of their religion -- Sanatan Dharma. Buoyed by the success of the event, the organizers, Pakistan Hindu Seva (PHS), a welfare trust, has decided to hold such contests more often.
"Children were taught Bhagavad Gita and then various questions asked from them. It helped build their confidence and they also get to know more about one of the greatest Hindu scriptures," PHS president Sanjesh S Dhanja told TOI from Karachi.
The competition was organized at Sancta Maria School, Gizri lane, Karachi, which is a Muslim majority area, added another PHS member Mukhi Odha Mal. "We got an overwhelming support from our Muslim brethren. They did not only cooperate with us but also extended help in making the competition a grand success," he added. "I am very happy with this initiative of PHS and feel that such contests should be held in every city and village with a Hindu population," said Sanjay Goyer, father of a participating student Anish, who studies in KG. The father-son duo had arrived from Gulshan-e-Hadeed, 60km from Karachi.
An eigth standard student of Sancta Maria School, Bhawan said he was "so impressed" that he offered to be an PHS volunteer . Yasir Kazmi, who is attached with the programme, said PHS didn't have enough funds to extend the programme, for which NGOs should come forward to support it. Sanjesh said they would hold the next Gita contest on July 15 at Lanchore Line, also known as mini Mumbai, which has more than 5,000 Hindu members.