Mariyam Asif Siddiqui is the young Muslim girl who was in the news for all the right reasons, a few months back. The 12 year old studying at Mira Road, near Mumbai won an inter-school Gita competition where more than 196 schools had participated. An English version of the holy book was distributed before the competition and a teacher was also appointed to guide the students. Around 4500 students had participated in this contest where Mariyam emerged as the winner.


“It was very interesting to read Bhagavad Gita as I have got a lot of information about life from it. The holy book has taught me the golden rules of life. It says that though there are many religions but humanity is the biggest religion among all,” Mariyam said.


She learnt important life lessons from the book and has inspired many to go beyond the confines of one's religion and accept humanity as the guiding principle in life. In these troubled times, Mariyam stands out for speaking sense and doing things differently.