The article “Young, Muslim and reflecting on Ayodhya” (Oct. 8) was absorbingly brilliant. It is heartening to learn that the author's respondents are mature enough to see the implications of the Allahabad High Court verdict on their religion not through the prism of faith but through reason and constitutionalism. The fact that the nation witnessed not even one instance of violence after the verdict vindicates the common man's belief that Indians are only too happy to live peacefully and harmoniously.
The article is thought provoking. The values enshrined in the Constitution should be fully adhered to and all communities protected without bias. It is imperative that the Sachar Committee recommendations be implemented so that a modern and vibrant India can emerge.
One would be interested in getting answers to the following questions: Was the trial related to the demolition of the Babri Masjid or who owns the title? Could the Sunni Central Wakf Board prove that the land belonged to it? Does the ASI report lose its credibility just because it was submitted during the NDA regime? As a Hindu, I condemn the demolition of the centuries-old mosque. But as an Indian, I wish to know who owns the land.
S. Lynish Lal,
Every political party has started using the Allahabad High Court judgment to suit itself. The Congress says the Babri Masjid demolition has not been condoned in the verdict; L.K. Advani says his rath yatra has been vindicated; Mulayam Singh says the verdict is against Muslims; and the sangh parivar says a grand Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya.
But the common man on the street is the least bothered. He is struggling to make both ends meet, amid skyrocketing prices. The Centre should invite the religious leaders involved in the dispute and persuade them to agree to a plan of constructing a Ram temple, a mosque and a church at the site. The future generations will not forgive us if we continue to run after the past.