Analysis

Multi-faith complex suggested at Ayodhya

New Delhi: A seminar on 'Living in harmony: towards a resolution of the Ayodhya issue', organised by Indian Harmony Foundation was held in Delhi on 23 April in which speakers expressed diverse views on the Babri Masjid issue and the High Court's verdict on it. Lord Meghnad Desai, a member of UK’s House of Lords, speaking on this occasion said that no community or religion should claim exclusive right or ownership of the disputed land in Ayodhya. He said that time has now come not to dwell in the past or who should possess the land or where the original birthplace of Lord Ram is. All of us should now look towards the future. He suggested that a multi-faith complex should be built at the site in which the variety of faiths in India should be displayed which may be a tribute to India's multi-faith democracy.

Editor of daily The Hindu, N. Ram, said that whereas Allahabad High Court's verdict of 30 September 2010 was considered to have a calm and peaceful effect, there were strong views that the verdict did not give much thought to legal and logical aspects of the case. He said that though the intention of the Court to create a peaceful condition by the verdict was laudable, the way in which the honourable judges arrived at the solution of the nagging problem was not satisfactory and ignored some important aspects such as the political nature of the Ramjanmabhoomi movement.

A. G. Noorani, noted lawyer and political analyst, described this issue as political rather than legal. He said that the objective of Ramjanmabhoomi movement was to re-model the state on the RSS and its outfits’ ideology. He said that till date not a single judge had done justice to the case and suggested that Allahabad High Court's verdict should be analysed by a group of lawyers and historians and their views should be made known to the people before the Supreme Court pronounces its verdict.

Among others, Wajahat Habibullah, chairman of National Commission for Minorities and former chairman of NCM, Tarlochan Singh also spoke on this topic.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 14

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