Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute has been a watershed for Hindu-Muslim polarisation in India for decades. With political furore and controversies raking up with each passing day, National Commission for Minorities chief Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi on Sunday made an earnest appeal to build Ram temple at the earliest so that Muslims in Ayodhya can live with peace and respect. Rizvi also said that the dispute should be resolved soon in order to strengthen the deteriorating ties between the Hindu and Muslim communities.
"The National Minority Welfare Organisation and some other outfits have sent us reports that the Muslim community in the country is living in fear," Rizvi told PTI. He added that the community has "urged the commission to take an initiative to improve the current atmosphere".
Meanwhile, some Muslim organisations had sought the panel's intervention in the Ayodhya title suit case. Therefore, the National Commission for Minorities in its November 14 meeting will decide whether it will approach the Supreme Court for an early hearing on the matter or not.
"During the November 14 meeting, we will hold discussions on the matter. But, as it is sub-judice, we can only urge the apex court for an early hearing," Rizvi said, adding that the organisations wanted Muslims to help in the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site and make sure that no such controversy erupts in future again.
The minority panel chief also made it clear that there was no possibility of building mosques or offering namaz in Ayodhya.
"Even I believe that in Ayodhya, neither mosques can be built, nor namaz can be offered. The place has a sentimental value for 100 crore Hindus," Rizvi said. Therefore, Hindus must be allowed to build a Ram temple there (Ayodhya) so that Muslims can live peacefully, respectfully and without any fear, while contributing to the development of the nation," he added.