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PUCL Bulletin, June2003

The Babri site must be given up to the vast mass of Hindus, just on one condition, that there will be no more Mandir-masjid controversies in India
- By J.S. Bandukwala, 26 Apr 2003


World politics will change drastically in the post Iraq phase. The role of India could be greatly enhanced. Much depends on two factors: Kashmir and the treatment of minorities. For Indian Muslims, this is a golden opportunity. They must break out of the shackles of the past. By their flexibility and maturity of response, Indian Muslims will do a great service to India and also to the world of Islam.

It is widely recognised that Ayodhya is at an impasse. No judicial solution is possible, even with excavations. There is only one solution, and that lies through Muslim magnanimity in surrendering the Babri site. This does not imply surrendering to the Sangh Parivar. Rather Muslims must be wise enough to understand that they can never get RSS goodwill, for that body is based on Muslim hate. Muslims must see beyond the saffron unit. There are hundreds of millions of Hindus, who are decent and God fearing. We must seek their goodwill. Our focus must move from the rabble rousing Togadia, to the all-encompassing love of Gandhi. The Babri site must be given up to this vast mass of Hindus, just on one condition, that there will be no more Mandir-masjid controversies in India.

The last fifteen years have been the years of tears and sorrow, as over ten thousand lost their lives, so Ram may have a temple at Ayodhya. Muslims must bravely turn a new page, withdraw from this politics of religion, and go totally for education, business and health. In so doing they will send a very powerful message to Muslims everywhere. Human rights, concern for the weak, science and compassion are very much Islamic traits.

We must move beyond Saddam and Osama, to our roots in the Prophet's life. Sincerely Yours,

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