Ayodhya case: RSS, Muslim leaders meet

All agreed that verdict should be accepted peacefully at a discussion presided over by Abbas Naqvi

In anticipation of an Ayodhya verdict in a few days, Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday presided over a meeting attended by senior RSS leaders and Muslim community leaders at his residence, and all parties agreed that the court ruling should be accepted peacefully without leading to a law and order problem.

RSS sah prachar pramukh Ram Lal and joint general secretary Krishna Gopal were present at the meeting, as were Maulana Mahmood Madani of the Jamat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s Kamal Farooqui, Justice (retired) Zakiullah Khan, politician Shahid Siddiqui, filmmaker Muzzaffar Ali and chairperson of the All India Sufi Sajjada Nashin Council Syed Naseruddin Chishty. In all, nearly 60 people participated in the meeting.

Mr. Naqvi told The Hindu that it was perhaps for the first time that such a dialogue had been held directly between RSS office-bearers and a wide range of Muslim leaders and that “all agreed that whatever be the verdict of the Supreme Court, it would not be allowed to disturb communal harmony and peace.”

Mr. Farooqui also told The Hindu that all those present at the meeting reiterated that peace should be maintained whatever be the verdict. “I also spoke on something that Shahid Siddiqui mentioned during his intervention that enough is enough, we have wasted 70 years and much energy and acrimony over what happened. Let this be the end of the acrimony and no other Ibadat Gah [place of worship] be harmed after this,” he said.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has often maintained that apart from the Ram Janmabhoomi, the Kashi Vishwanath temple, which stands cheek by jowl with the Gyanvapi Mosque, and the Krishna temple in Mathura, similarly situated, are next on their agenda.

Mr. Farooqui said, “We also spoke of the need to monitor provocative content on social media over the issue as well as TV debates, etc that raise the communal temperature and the requirement that these be avoided.”

The BJP, in a briefing of spokespersons and general secretaries on the issue, on Monday decided not to participate in such TV debates and be measured in their responses.

The Ayodhya verdict is expected anytime before November 18, when the current Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, is to retire.

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