Magnanimity for unity



The Supreme Court of India has pronounced that the disputed site at Ayodhya be given to Hindus to build a Ram temple and that five acres be allotted to Muslims to build the masjid to compensate for the demolition. This naturally elates Hindus and disappoints Muslims. But Hinduism down the ages has been a tolerant religion, embracing and assimilating all systems and ways of life. Various thought systems and philosophies have merged into it and its greatest strength is its catholicity and world view. Innumerable instances of Hindu tolerance and give-and-take can be cited from the lives of Hindu saints and savants. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the greatest of Hindus, has proclaimed that Islam and Christianity too lead to the same Almighty from his personal sadhana. His ennobling wife Sarada Devi gave refuge to a Muslim youth and when objections were raised, she said this: ‘Where will the son go if the mother refused him?’ A Tamil royal who became a Saivaite Nayanmar asked his officials to escort to safety an enemy even though he had stabbed the king in the disguise of a Siva devotee. In consonance with that ancient spirit cannot Hindus be magnanimous, give up the disputed territory to Muslims and take the five acres to build a grand Ram temple? By that single stroke of magnanimity will not the prestige of India and Hindus soar and a great bond of brotherhood be forged with Muslims? Is it too much to be asking for in these days of intolerance and narrow-mindedness?

P.K. Subramanian,


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