Aligarh’s lock-makers set example of religious coexistence
Aligarh’s centuries-old lock-making industry, which comprises 5,000 organised and as many unorganised units and employs over 2 lakh workers, is famous around the world. Apart from its famous lock-making, the over Rs 4,000 crore-industry presents a unique example of communal harmony in the country. Aligarh has a mix population of Hindus and Muslims and they have been working together since ages to make this industry stronger by the day. Aligarh city has been making locks since the Mughal period, but when the British came they streamlined it into a major economic activity. Since ages, Hindus and Muslims have thrived together due to their bond of love and their passion for lock-making. This passion has taught them to live together harmoniously.