Saturday, Jun 25, 2022
Outlook.com

Don't Link Kashi-Mathura With Ayodhya

The new minister for state for home, known for his closeness to the VHP, says a sustainable solution can not be found without taking them in confidence..He spoke to Outlook Sapthahik's senior special correspondent. Excerpts.

Don't Link Kashi-Mathura With Ayodhya

VHP has said that they won't accept an Ayodhya solution in lieu of abandoning Kashi-Mathura.

If Kashi-Mathura are seen as linked with Ayodhya then there would be problems in solving the Ayodhya issue. Kashi and Mathura are safe as per Places of Worship Act legislated by the Narasimha Rao government, which stipulates that status quo ante — as it was before 1947 — must be maintained at all religious places barring Ayodhya and religious sites in  Jammu-Kashmir No government can overlook this law.

It is being said that the Shankaracharya is working on this formula itself...

Shankaracharyaji has refuted this. All that is being said is based on speculation. No one has any knowledge of this formula.

VHP has alleged that the government is misleading the Shankaracharya.

This comment shows disrespect for him (Shnakaracharya). Lakhs of people draw inspiration from him. Who can mislead him? After the locks of Ramjanmabhoomi were opened, he was the first Shankaracharya to arrive for Ramlala's darshan. He was present at the shilapujan in 1989 as well. He has been attending VHP meetings and Dharma Sansad sessions. He has always been working for a solution the Ayodhya issue. Today, when even the members of other community are showing him respect, I can not think of anyone other than him who could be more suitable for seeking a solution. He is the only person whose proposals have even been accepted for discussion by the Muslim Personal Law Board.

VHP has been at the forefront of the Ayodhya movement. Can a solution that keeps them out become acceptable?

VHP and other organisations associated with Babri Masjid may not have been included in the initial talks but a sustainable solution can not be found without taking them in confidence.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement