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Khudai Khidmatgar volunteers serve Kanwar Yatra participants, offer medication in Uttar Pradesh

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LUCKNOW/BHOPAL/DELHI: Khudai Khidmatgar, the organisation that has been revived in India in recent years, has been serving the Kanwariyas--the people who participate in the Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh. 

Hindus who take part in the long yatra need medication and hence the Khudai Khidmatgars have held camps to offer assistance to the people who embark on this long journey. 

Thousands of people take the holy water and walk hundreds of kilometers. On way, they get injured and need medication as there are health issues. This is one of the camps in Muzaffarnagar in Western part of Uttar Pradesh. 

The photograph is at Madani Chowk in Muzaffarnagar where Khudai Khidmatgar volunteers tend to the Hindu pilgrims. Khudai Khidmatgar was legendary freedom fighter, Badshah Khan's organisation. 

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In India, it has been revived by Faisal Khan, a few years ago. Since then, it has spread all over the country. Its members go to the needy people and help them in times of natural calamaties.

Also, apart from their work, the group's main aim is to spread the message of communal harmony. They have set up a place in Delhi where people belonging to different religions, stay together. 

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.