Remember the advertisement for Surf Excel by Hindusthan Unilever? Where to mark the joyous occasion of Holi,they came up with an advertisement which shows that “daag achhe hai” in a whole new light, with a heart touching message of communal harmony and inclusivity.
In that ad, an apparently non Muslim girl guides her friend, a boy who is a Muslim as he attempts to reach his mosque, for prayer, dressed in pristine white, without getting smeared by the colors of Holi. However, this ad did not sit well with the right wing supporters who felt that it promoted love jihad and immediately #BoycottSurfExcel, started trending on Twitter.
Now, recently a picture is going viral where we got a true realistic portrayal of that very advertisement. In that picture a Muslim boy wearing white Kurta is surrounded by boys all smeared in Happy Holi colors making way for him to pass untouched. This has gone viral and is winning hearts all over.
The Muslim boy is identified as Muhammed Suhail, a second year undergraduate Botany student at CPA College of Arts and Science in Malappuram in Kerala. He was heading towards the mosque for prayer, when he saw many youngsters playing Holi. The group of boys saw Suhail and stopped playing Holi and in fact protected him from colors and made a clear way to pass.
Students of a college were celebrating Holi when a student walked by. They took care to not spray colours on him as he was heading for the Mosque. What Surf Excel debate? Life is good here. Love my Kerala ♥ (P.S now please don't boycott us for this. We are like this only) pic.twitter.com/QacafDTcIB
— Weed (@goonerblues) March 23, 2019
A person with a camera clicked the picture, knowing it will go viral soon, for all the right reasons. A second year student of BBA, Mohammed Mahsooque clicked this, said he is proud and his whole group had that as their whatsapp status as well.
This is one #Awesome thing on Internet right now i have seen. Thanks! 🙂
— SOURCES (@JhootendraModi) March 23, 2019
❤️❤️ education and literacy matter 😊
— sadia rafi (@sadzgirl) March 23, 2019
That's India 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
— Jude David (@judedavid21) March 24, 2019
Nice gesture by young people. Thanks for love & respect. Such relations increases national intigration.
— SAIRA BEGUM (@SAIRABEGUM12) March 24, 2019
This is the true spirit of India. Despite the diversity, we live together as one.
And this spirit cannot be broken by any political force.
— Chacha Chaudhary (@ChaudharyUncle) March 24, 2019
Good approach indeed ❤👌👌👌🙏
— கீச்சொலிகள் (@keeccholigal) March 24, 2019
This incident reminds us that maybe we should at least try to see beyond the boundaries of religion, sometimes.