Naranjan Singh, a trader belonging to the Sikh community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP), sells groceries in Ramadan without profit to facilitate the Muslim community.
Singh said that he gives up profit every year in the holy month of Ramadan as part of his annual tradition to gather as many blessings as possible. When asked about this tradition, he said people can earn profits in the remaining 11 months but this month is about helping other people.
The citizens of Peshawar expressed surprise over the goods being sold at such cheap rates at Naranjan’s shop in Jamrud Bazaar. They appreciated his humanitarian gesture which came at a time when retailers and business owners are already disturbed with the falling and slow growth of the business due to the pandemic.
Singh owns a decades-old shop in Jamrud Bazaar. He has to pay extra expenses out of his pocket for rent of the shop and wage of laborers due to the forging profits in Ramadan.
Feeling so embarassed and ashamed, that a Pakistani Sikh brother from KPK has so much respect for our holy month but our muslim traders are otherway round, a big disgrace. pic.twitter.com/keBbFFzMjb— Ramzan Shahid (@RamzanS203) April 16, 2021
A shopkeeper, Sikh by religion, in Jamrud Bazar has pasted a Ramzan Package for Muslim community.
He is not only helping the Muslim financially but also trying to convey the message of humanity, brotherhood and mutual sympathy. The need of the time.#RamadanKareem pic.twitter.com/vTNPHrMdop— Dr. Adnan Dawar (@Dr_MAD131) April 13, 2021
Naranjan Singh has set a unique example for other traders to follow when the tradition of hoarding and price gouging is rampant in Ramadan.
Price hike continues to affect the spending power of the buyers despite efforts by the government to control it in Ramadan. Not only in Ramadan, but traders resort to price hike weeks before Ramadan as people began preparing for the blessed month.
According to reports, an artificial price hike is created by the extortionists, profiteers to earn more profits in Ramadan. Traders in several cities are noted brazenly defying the price rates set by the government. In the case of strict measures by the government, traders hoard the daily use items to create artificial demand and supply imbalance.
Teams for price control have been making regular inspections in the markets throughout the country to regulate the price control in Ramadan but to no avail.