Ayodhya dialogue failed 10 times

Last Updated : 24 September 2010, 19:39 IST
Last Updated : 24 September 2010, 19:39 IST

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Lack of success in most such attempts had been attributed to the rigid attitude of the litigants or “vested political interests.”

The first attempt to resolve the issue was made in 1985 when a Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid Samasya Samadhan Samiti was formed in Ayodhya. It mooted transferring the mosque on the side of  Parikrama Road (the path followed by the Hindu devotees for taking round of Ayodhya).

It was then contended that even in Dubai a mosque was shifted for constructing a road. The idea, which also had the support of the then Union home minister Buta Singh, however, failed as it received flak from various quarters after it became public.
Another such attempt was made a year later when Ayodhya residents organised to resolve the matter amicably. A meeting of prominent Muslim leaders was held at the residence of a Muslim MP in New Delhi to evolve a consensus formula.

After much deliberation, it was agreed that the disputed site be surrounded by an 11-ft wall and the temple construction would begin from the “chabutara” (platform).

Although local Hindu leaders agreed to the formula, one of the Hindu outfits reportedly expressed its strong opposition and the efforts to resolve the issue did not succeed.
Religious and spiritual gurus also, in the mean time, made attempts to break the deadlock and a committee comprising several Hindu saints and Muslim clerics suggested that talks be held to arrive at an amicable settlement.

In 1993, the idea of building a temple, mosque, library, museum and other public facilities inside the acquired land in Ayodhya  was mooted, but it also failed to make any progress owing to opposition from some parties.

The Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamkoti also held discussions with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an apex body of Muslims in the country. The seer also gave a formula to the Board but the same was rejected by the Board.
The last effort to resolve the isue was made about seven years ago, but even it fell through.

According to the litigants, there was no chance of arriving at an out-of-court settlement. “Any attempt to reach an amicable solution is bound to fail,” quipped the Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main plaintiffs in the matter, counsel Zafaryab Jilani said.
“I agree with Zafaryab Jilani...there is no question of going for an out of court settlement,” said Hari Shankar Jain,  counsel for the All India Hindu Mahasabha.

Published 24 September 2010, 19:38 IST

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