19 September, 2020

Kanchi Silk

Saraswati's Sangh-friendliness enables him to offset his Kanchi peetham's 'lesser' status

Kanchi Silk
When Jayendra Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram, flew into Delhi last fortnight at PM A.B. Vajpayee's invitation to resolve the Ayodhya tangle, he sparked off much optimism. But with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) rejecting his plan and the Supreme Court ruling against puja being performed, the Shankaracharya isn't as buoyant as he was 10 days ago. "This is only an interim order. But to make the Hindus happy the Muslims could still consider allowing a symbolic puja," Saraswati told Outlook.

He didn't comment on whether his trip to Delhi had come to naught or whether he would continue with his efforts to solve the mandir-masjid issue. However, he did caution the Muslims against celebrating at a time when the Hindu community suffered discomfort. "The Muslims shouldn't celebrate the ruling...the Hindus are already hurt and unhappy. The Muslims should stop offering namaz on days like December 6. What has happened has happened. They should learn to forget it. There is no more a masjid now."

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