26 October, 2020

Dream Theme

An '89 peace plan with local support may be the answer ? Updates

Jitender Gupta
Dream Theme
A fresh stream of hope floats in the dingy bylanes of Ayodhya, as public opinion here looks seriously at a solution for the masjid-mandir tangle. The people in this holy town have now got together to resolve the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid conflict on their own. Yes, on their own. This is the great new dream of Ayodhya.

The reasons are not far away. Large sections here believe excavations at the disputed site don't guarantee a solution. That's why the new 'plan'. It's time to heal old wounds.

Led by Shiwendra Sahi, a descendant of the raja of the erstwhile princely state of Deara (which included parts of Ayodhya), several local Hindu and Muslim leaders are busy these days actively putting together a coalition. Sahi and his associates are resurrecting a detailed plan worked out by a peace committee set up by the residents of Faizabad and Ayodhya in 1989. The committee had a large representation of Hindu opinion leaders—Shanti Swarup Rana, Falahari Baba, Dhiren Jafa—along with those from the other side like Maulana Basir, Captain Afzal and a host of local maulvis....


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