Ayodhya verdict ends a historical dispute, let’s welcome it & spread brotherhood
Afzal Ansari, Lok Sabha MP and Leader BSP
The Supreme Court Judgment has come, and all of us must accept it and welcome it. This concludes a historical controversy of decades and gives both the Hindus and Muslims a golden opportunity to spread peace, harmony and brotherhood further. Court ruling has something for followers of both the religion.
Our party and our leader have already said that we shall abide by the Supreme Court judgment. My party, I and our supporters accept the verdict. The court judgment has ended any one-upmanship of any party and as law abiding citizens we have to from now on say that this is the judgment of the honorable court.
The order has given the disputed site to a trust for constructions of a temple of Bhagwan Ram and five acres of land elsewhere to build a mosque. In a way it’s a win-win for both the religions. Some people may not be happy but that’s the case always. Even in a football or cricket match all supporters cannot be happy the end of the match. This was a historical dispute and some people may not be feeling satisfied but that should to spread hatred. It’s time to keep calm and spread peace.
Faith in Ram is universal among Hindus in India and world over and this will bring them together to celebrate and encourage them to come to Ayodhya for tourism when the temple comes up. This means it will aid the allied economy of the area and boost livelihood options of the local people irrespective of their religion.
We have been appealing to people to keep calm and not come under the pressure of any individual or political party to violate law and create problem in the state.
I believe the Court ruling to establish a trust for building Ramlala’s temple is a better approach. I hope and wish that a similar trust is established to take care of the five acre of land that the court has asked the government to provide and build a mosque there instead of giving that land to a particular party or board. The trust then can decide whether a mosque will be constructed there or we can build a mosque, a ‘madrasa’ or hospital in that 5-acre land for the larger good of people.
The closure of the political and religious controversy should now on give way to a bigger debate about how the state, centre and all political parties take that region on a development agenda.
(As told to Prashant K. Nanda)