|The Ayodhya Verdict
By Mohan Shenoy
What would be the consequences of the verdict of the
civil suite for ownership of the site where Hindus wish
to build a Raam temple?
The site is declared as belonging to the three litigants
and has to be divided into three portions.
The Hindu Mahasabha can build the temple in the
portion of which the Mahasabha is declared as the
The other two beneficiaries have been ordered to
allow use of the Hindu portion including construction
of a Raam Temple.
There is no need to wait any longer. After the
expiration of the 90 days of status quo ordered by the
court verdict, construction of the temple can be
A smaller temple than the Hindus have planned will
not be insignificant.
Let the Muslims build a mosque in their portion of the
It does no harm to have a Hindu temple and a Muslim
mosque side-by-side. It will help the local people to
come together and treat each other as brothers.
India will be highly commended for its inclusive policy
in religious affairs and secular approach if a temple
and a mosque are built side-by-side. I am sure the two
communities will facilitate each other in prayer and
worship as well as holding their festivals together in
peace and friendship.
Since the Indian Constitution recommends freedom of
religion the Ayodhya verdict has offered many
opportunities for the citizens to behave like brothers.
It is a test for both the Hindu swamis and the Muslim
clerics to see for themselves the mannerisms and
philosophy of each other. There is a chance for each
other to hold some of the festivals together by
inventing the common features among them.
There could be feasts serving vegetarian food on the
days of the Muslim festivals so that Hindus can also
take part in the feasts. There is a necessity for one
community to accommodate the other without
compromising the principles and procedures of the
festivals of each other.
If Muslims do not wish to take part in idol worship then
they can join in those parts of the festival in which
idol worship does not exist.
By joining in the festival of the other community, one
need not give up their own beliefs and rituals. A
committee of experts chosen from both the Hindus
and Muslims can lay down rules and procedures to
conduct prayers and worship. The committee should
find ways and means to organise the day to day
activities of the temple and mosque in a friendly and
Adyar Gopal Parivar
By Mohan Shenoy
After all the Hindus accept the fact that God is one
and called as Allah by the Muslims. Although Muslims
do not accept any god other than Allah the Hindus are
not compelling them to do otherwise. By joining the
Hindus in all sacred activities other than worshiping
the Hindu gods, Muslims would not have given up their
concepts about the Almighty. They can follow the
Quran word to word and still maintain a friendly
relationship with the Hindus. Hindus also can
endeavour to maintain friendly attitude towards
various beliefs which Muslims hold.
India is destined to remain a secular country and
Muslim citizens are also destined to remain equal
citizens in India. Therefore it is necessary for each
other to understand the compulsions imposed by their
religious scriptures. The goal of life for Hindus and
Muslims is the same viz. to go to heaven. Muslims
believe that by following what is dictated in Quran
they can go to heaven. Hindus also believe that if they
follow the religious path and spiritual path mentioned
in the Vedas and Puraanas then they will certainly go
to heaven. The heavens described by each religion
may be different from the other.
It is not a difficult task at all for Hindus to allow the
Muslims to live as they like with their religion. Muslims
by any measure do not wish to interfere in the way the
Hindus live. It is only the willingness that is required to
live together since we are citizens of the same country
The opportunity to live in peace is knocking at the
doors of the two communities following the Ayodhya
verdict. A small mosque and a small temple could be
built in the plots allotted to each community. If the
Nirmohi Akhara can join its plot with that of the Raam
Lalla Virajman then a bigger temple could be built on
the combined plot.
Both the Hindu and Muslim leaders may come together
and appoint an Architect to draw suitable plans and
build the places of worship speedily.
By solving the dispute peacefully in the manner stated
above India can show to the world that she is the most
accommodative nation when it comes to the question
of religions in the world.
|Adyar Gopal and Radha Bai