He is a kathavachak (narrator of religious lore) with a difference. A devout Muslim by birth, Faiz Khan is a firm believer in the need to protect cows.
The gau bhakt from Raipur has pitched tent, in a manner of speaking, at the old Assi ghat here and has become the centre of attraction in Varanasi. Though religious story-telling at the ghats was unheard of till now, he began reciting his katha here on March 23 coinciding with the Navratri festivities. The programme ended on Wednesday.
Faiz, who is reciting Gau Katha (parables on the cow), wants a ban on cow slaughter across the country.
“The cow is significant not only for Hindus but also for Muslims and all other Indians,” says Faiz Khan. But associating cow slaughter with any particular religion is not correct, he adds.
Jan 23, 2022
Anandini Tikunov (8th-grade student)
Jan 22, 2022
Sunanda Das, tovp.org