It happened at the Government Women’s Pre-University College in Udupi, where the Hijab row had first surfaced weeks ago.
Four Hindu girls tightly held the arms of a Hijab-wearing Muslim college-mate.
It was a sight to behold. In the current climate of hate, it presented the sunshine of love. In these times of division, it gave the message of unity. In times of despair, it gave us hope.
The picture was taken by Irshad M Venur, a photographer at Prajavani and Deccan Herald newspapers.
The picture was widely shared across the country. Among the people who shared it on social media was Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Speaking to Hubballi Times, Venur said the photo accurately portrays the situation on the ground. “We can say only 5% of the students are talking about divisions. The overwhelming majority is for peace, love and togetherness. Young minds see no religion. All they see is love and friendship,” he said.
On Twitter, thousands of people shared the picture with a simple caption, ‘My India’. It later became a trending topic with nearly 30,000 people tweeting the picture with these two simple but elegant words.