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On 25th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid, Mudda panellists feel Ayodhya the city has paid the price for temple-mosque politics; hope dispute will be resolved soon

At a time when the nation is recalling the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on this day in 1992, APN chose to highlight how the city has been paying the price for communal politics played out over the past 25 years.

In its iconic afternoon show Mudda, it asked this question to participants Anila Singh, spokesperson for the BJP, Suchi Vishwas, Congress spokesperson, Dr HS Rawat, a Hindu spiritual leader, Ranjana Agnihotri, advocate in the Ayodhya title suit, Mufti Ejaz Arshad Qasmi, member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Mujtba Hussain, advocate and former member of the Shia Waqf Board, Ajmal Khan, an Islamic scholar, and Govind Pant Raju, consulting editor of APN. Anant Tyagi moderated.

Singh opened the debate saying that her party is waiting for getting the Rama Temple issue resolved, but it seems that Kapil Sibal wants to continue the litigation. She said the BJP believes that the Supreme Court will issue orders in favour of the Rama devotees.

Vishwas said that the country is run by the constitution and not Manusmriti. “Connecting Sibal on the Ayodhya issue with the Congress would be wrong. He is a lawyer by profession and merely performing his duties. Even Arun Jaitley has represented Bhopal Union Carbide gas leakage accused Warren Anderson,” Singh said.

Agnihotri said Ayodhya is the city for salvation, something that is our basic right to be protected by the constitution. She said that Sibal wanted to stall the proceedings not to benefit the Sunni Waqf Board but just to spite the BJP.

Rawat said that religion plays the foremost role in politics. “Lord Rama is our means for salvation which should be taken care of by the Supreme Court. It is a matter of the faith of 100 crore Hindus,” he said.

Qasmi asserted that the BJP leadership does not honour Supreme Court orders. Instead they have been deceiving people on this issue.

Khan said the BJP claims December 6 to be Shaurya Divas or Day of Valour, but it is difficult to understand how violation of constitutional values is a matter of valour. “Then what is the difference between the acts of King Babar and the BJP?” Khan said.

Hussain said that a true Muslim cannot give pain to the Hindus. “I pay a lot of respect to Lord Rama as well,” he said.

Raju said that the Congress and the BJP have both played politics on the Ayodhya issue. The unlocking of the structure in 1986 and foundation laying for the Ram Janambhoomi temple in 1989 were part of that politics, he added.

Compiled by MA Kazmi

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