Saddam is the man behind the maintenance of a Hindu temple in Bangalore, This man is also responsible for keeping the entire temple premises clean and goes he executes his job with a quiet air of confidence. Ask him his name however and he says it with pride, “It is Saddam Hussein.” Hussein, whose education was only till class 2, does some out of the box jobs, helps people in the area with shifting houses, works at a shop and also is a driver of a cab.
When The New Indian Express team visited the Ram Mandir, located at 4th Block in Rajajinagar, Saddam was spotted cleaning the premises. The temple was constructed in the late 1950s when Rajajinagar Layout was formed.
Saddam has got to wait for no one, enters the temple premises and starts doing his job. He takes a ladder, climbs up till the roof, dust, and wipes, sweeps and cleans -- he does all that on his own. The idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman situated at the top are filled with a pile of dust. Saddam cleans them with his utmost dedication till they look as good as new.
When asked that, do people say anything?“There are two kinds of people — one, who appreciate me for doing this job, the second pass comments on my work. I just greet them with a smile,’’ says Saddam.
What made him get this job? Venkatesh Babu, who owns Gandige Angadi (where pooja materials are sold) at Gandhinagar, employed Saddam. Venkatesh says: “I sell Ganesha idols during Ganesha Chaturthi. Saddam works with me. It was I who referred Saddam for the annual cleaning work of the temple and he is doing it with complete sincerity. Everybody appreciates him.’’ In fact, his mother Mehaboobi too often comes to work here, cleaning vessels and doing other house-keeping jobs.
We need more people like this on this planet who respects every religion and community and don’t feel any sort of discrimination when it comes to worshipping The Almighty.
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