Report By Samaah Saleem| Mount Carmel College Student Bengaluru | Last Updated at Nov 07 2019
A meeting was held at the residence of Minority Affairs Minister Abbas Naqvi in New Delhi on Tuesday. It was attended by RSS leaders Krishna Gopal and Ramlal, former Union minister Shahnawaz Hussain, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani, Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad and filmmaker Muzaffar Ali.
Senior RSS and BJP leaders reached out to prominent muslim clerics and intellectuals days ahead of the Ayodhya verdict. In the meeting, it was stressed that irrespective of the nature of the top court’s ruling there should neither be ‘junooni jashn’ (excessive celebration) nor ‘haar ka hungama’ (brouhaha over defeat).
Mr. Naqvi told the reports that the meeting was discussed about how all efforts should be made to strengthen the unity and brotherhood in the country under all circumstances. It was unanimously agreed at the meeting that the verdict on the Ayodhya Case would be accepted silently by everyone.
This meeting is perceived as an effort by the leaders of RSS and BJP to reach out to the muslim community and send out a message of peace and harmony. Sources say that RSS leader Krishna Gopal asked during the meeting whether it was imperative that Muslims lead Muslims and Hindus lead Hindus. “Why can’t a Hindu lead a Muslim and a Muslim lead a Hindu?” he questioned.
Ramlal, National General Secretary of the BJP, was quoted as saying that despite different religions, the mindset should be “nation first”. The entire community should not be blamed for the act of a single person belonging to a particular community, he said.
Kalbe Jawad said that it was decided at the meeting that appeals should be made that the verdict should be respected by all.
The members had also suggested that another meeting should take place which should include other Hindu Groups.