Have you ever thought that the minority community would support the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya? But that is just what is happening in Uttar Pradesh today.
A week after the ascension of BJP hardliner, Yogi Adityanath on the CM’s chair in UP, a Muslim group has come out openly in support for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. What’s more, the group has put up posters, around 210 big and small ones, to this effect in Lucknow and Faizabad.
The posters declare, “Desh ke Musalmaanon ka yahi hai maan, Shri Ram Mandir ka ho wahin Nirman (Muslims of India want Ram Temple constructed at the site).
Muslim Karsevak Sangh (MKS) president Mohd Azam Khan said that he drew inspiration for the posters from the Supreme Court’s recent appeal for the two to go for an out-of-court settlement on the issue.
A former RSS-backed Muslim Rashtriya Manch member, he left the organisation following differences over the solution to the issue. However, Khan went on to add that he be provided police security for his ‘bold’ and ‘modern’ step. The objective of these posters was to bring forth an opinion on the subject from both sides, he said.
It may be noted that after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, Muslims were bitterly opposed to the majority community’s claim that the disputed site was the birthplace of Lord Rama and hence a Ram Temple be constructed there.
This apart, the ‘father’ of these posters has also started taking ideas from like-minded and progressive Muslims to come to some sort of an agreement on the 25-year-old issue.