A Mumbai-born Muslim police officer is the security incharge of the largest Hindu temple in the Indianapolis city of US. Javed Khan from the local police department is director of security at the Hindu temple in Indianapolis. Setting an example of interfaith cooperation and social harmony at a time when religious intolerance rhetoric is on the rise due to the election cycle.
Javed Khan, a kick boxing champion and eight-degree black-belt in Taekwondo. Khan, who was born in Mumbai and raised in Lonavala, Pune, is now considered a part of the Hindu temple.
Javed Khan told PTI in a phone interview from Indianapolis, “My message is this; we are all one. We are all the children of God. There is only one God and then there are different forms and names, we choose to worship,”
“We are Indians. Half my family is Hindu. I do not believe in Hindu-Muslim thing,” he said.
“I am just doing my duty. I am not doing anything special or extraordinary,” Khan said when asked for an interview.
Javed Khan settled in Indiana in 2001, a year after he migrated to the United States. Javed Khan said it all started a few years ago, when he married his daughter to a Telugu boy at this Hindu temple, after which he started knowing people at the temple.
Soon, he said, “I felt there is need over there for protection. Then I offered my services. I am director of security for the temple now. While the temple has been in existence for the past several years, its formal opening ceremony Kumbhabhishekam was held last year, which was attended by top state leaders.”