03 December, 2020


The RSS puts its weight squarely behind the VHP, short-circuits any compromise on Kashi and Mathura. Updates

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The government-sponsored and much-hyped effort towards a speedy, extra-judicial settlement of the Ayodhya dispute appears to have all but collapsed. The core of the compromise was that the Muslims would give up Ayodhya and the parivar would not rake up Kashi and Mathura. But the RSS has openly spoken against any solution that doesn't actively involve the VHP. And the Muslim leadership, on its part, has little hope of a resolution where the hardline Hindu outfit is a party.

Postures on both sides hardened after a visibly upset VHP chief Ashok Singhal charged the Atal Behari Vajpayee government of betraying the Ramjanmabhoomi movement. Caustic and categoric in his attack of the government's efforts to resolve the mandir issue, he said, "It (the government) has gone back on its commitment to society", he said, and compared the peace efforts to "serving a dish in a toilet bowl". The All India Babri Masjid Action Committee, which, like the VHP, had been kept out of the peace talks, seized the opportunity to lambast the Centre. "The Vajpayee government is working against the...


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