29 October, 2020

The Infallibility Of Sage Advice

In Ayodhya, both sides are miffed over the Kanchi seer's non-localised efforts Updates

The Infallibility Of Sage Advice
The Kanchi Shankaracharya, Jayendra Saraswati, has achieved the impossible in Ayodhya. The two warring sides—both the Hindus and the Muslims—in probably the most infamous and protracted property dispute in India are suddenly speaking the same language. The message they're jointly sending out to the seer: keep off Ayodhya!

The media circus that started soon after the Shankaracharya made overtures to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) didn't amuse the sant community or local Muslim groups. Both sides braced themselves for throwing out the "outsiders"—the Board and the Shankaracharya. The actual claimants to the disputed land have now decided to add to the din. After having struggled alone in a legal labyrinth for over 40 years, how could they let others interfere?

Mahant Bhaskar Das of the Nirmohi Akhada along with counsel Ranjit Lal Verma are the first claimants to the disputed land to come out openly against what they perceive as the seer's attempt to keep them out. In a letter dashed off to the seer on June 25, Das condemns attempts to "force"...


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