Tale of a Hindu youth using social media to help needy Muslimstext_fields
Ahmedabad: At a time when sections of communal fanatics spew communal venom on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter, a young Hindu Good Samaritan's humanitarian work through social media is a slap on the face of the hatemongers.
Meet Vyom Amin, a Gandhinagar-based techno-savvy restaurateur whose heart bleeds for the poor and needy. Doing yeoman's service for the past ten years, he turned a saviour for three Muslim schoolgirls whose father Umar Qureshi had lost his driver's job during the lockdown and was struggling to make even both ends meet.
Last week, getting wind of Qureshi's tale of woes and his inability to pay the fees of his three daughters, Amin, as usual, wasted no time in appealing to his generous friends for help through various social media platforms. Within a few hours, Rs 14,000 was collected and handed over to Qureshi much to the chagrin of certain sections among netizens.
Recently, Amin, son of a Class I officer in Gujarat government, learnt that Muskan Shaikh had cleared Class XII with flying colours but her poverty-stricken parents were struggling to collect money for fulfilling her dream to join a stenography coaching class in Gandhinagar. The young do-gooder swung into action on the social media and, lo and behold, within just one day, his friends as well as other kind-hearted strangers donated Rs 20,000 which was paid as fees for the steno class.
In yet another case not long ago, Amin also rushed to the rescue of Vadodara's rickshaw driver Yakub Multani whose 12-year-old son Fardeen was suffering from a serious blood disorder and had to be taken all the way to Ahmedabad now and then for free treatment and medicines. Told of Multani's helplessness in commuting between the two cities during covid-induced lockdown, Amin passed round the hat in the social media and within two hours, Rs 10,000 was deposited in Multani's bank account.
Earlier, when Fardeen urgently needed blood, Amin and his friends organised a camp and themselves also donated blood. About 80 bottles of blood saved the boy's life.
A soft-spoken, self-effacing Amin told Madhyamam that he was only doing his duty as a human being but more people should come forward for this noble cause and promote communal amity.