A day after hectic parleying across Bangalore and Ayodhya led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar there is a major breakthrough on site for all the parties involved. For the first time since the case was taken to court, the Babri Masjid dispute could be nearing a peaceful solution with the Sunni Waqf board approaching the Apex Court on own initiative offering to submit a joint proposal seeking a solution to the Mandir-Masjid debate.
Speaking to Republic TV the chairperson of the Shia Waqf board, Waseem Rizvi confirmed that they will be submitting a joint proposal to the Supreme court wherein
"We are willing to give up on our share of land at the disputed site, granted to us by the earlier verdict of the Allahabad High court so that a Ram temple can be constructed in Ayodhya. This will bring cheer to our Hindu brethren who have been fighting for the cause for way too long now. In order to temper the balance, we will demand that a Mosque be constructed in another area where there is a Muslim majority."
Rizvi slammed the Sunni Waqf Board and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board for dissenting against the will to seek an amicable compromise. He not only accused them of accepting foreign funding from the like of LeT to propagate communal hate and propaganda but also questioned their authority to question the joint efforts to seek an end to the dispute. He stated
" AIMPLB was instituted to monitor personal laws for the people of the Muslim community and that is the extent of their role they have no business or jurisdiction to question our talks. As for the Sunni Board, the Allahabad High Court has already rejected their claims over the land as invalid since the claims were time-barred. So they should either participate in the constructive nature of the talks or keep quiet. "
The initiative of finalising the joint proposal was also appreciated by Swami Chakrapani, leader of the Hindu Mahasabha who supported Wassem Rizvi in his efforts and consented to the idea that while Ram Lalla Temple should see the light of the day in Ayodhya keeping in mind the religious sensitivities of the Hindus, a mosque in a Muslim majority area will only strengthen the unity of the region.
The breakthrough is being attributed to the intervention and initiative of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who stepped in to meditate on the issue since he thought the courts could never provide a permanent solution and that any decision that is made should strengthen the secular credentials of the country at large.
The Allahabad High Court verdict which is being quoted in the case had stated that the property is divided by a 2-1 plaintiff representing Lord Ra, Nirmohi Akhada and the Waqf board declaring all three, joint title holders of the property. The verdict had further clarified that keeping in mind the importance of Hindu sentiments regarding the city of Ayodhya, based on religious beliefs, the makeshift Ram temple under the demolished dome of the former Masjid is seen as the birthplace of Lord Ram and therefore should be marked as the site for the new temple when one is to be constructed.
While the breakthrough is being hailed across all communities, the Sunni Waqf board along with the AIMPLB will present a challenge to the joint proposal in the Courts by a staking claim on the property once again. Their stand will be presented within the coming fortnight even though the joint proposal might be submitted in the next couple days.