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My task is over, but doors still open for talks: Kanchi seer tells Muslims

July 07, 2003 21:39 IST

A day after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board rejected his proposals for resolving the Ayodhya dispute, Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati on Monday said," "I have completed my task." Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati

"I have no further plans but my doors shall always remain open if the Muslims want to have discussions on the issue," the pontiff told reporters in Kancheepuram, but denied having any new proposal up his sleeve.

He urged Muslims not to make Ayodhya a 'prestige issue'.

The seer said the demolition of the disputed structure at Ayodhya was 'unfortunate' but now it would not be appropriate to remove the idol of Lord Ram as it could lead to social unrest.

He dismissed the All India Muslim Personal Law Board's charge that he had made 'veiled threats' to Muslims to give up the mosques in Kashi and Mathura.

The seer said he got involved in the process only for the sake of communal harmony and to ensure that the poor did not suffer.

Appealing to them to 'donate' the disputed area to the majority community, the Kanchi shankaracharya assured that he would not be involved in the Kashi and Mathura issues.

The shankaracharya insisted Ayodhya was the birth place of Lord Ram and that was the basis for his suggestion that the disputed land be donated to Hindus.

"Muslims should show their dedication by donating the land and not fix a price for it. They must understand that the mosque is the best place to offer prayers, not a place which was acquired after a lot of fighting," he said.

"After Independence, we had made great sacrifices and now for a small issue like Ayodhya, we should not fight with each other," he said.

He said a court solution would not be possible as it might take a long time.

Denying that his year-long efforts had gone waste (following the rejection of his proposals), the seer said, "We have taken only a small and progressive step, definitely not a jump."

He denied the Dwarka seer's suggestion that all the shankaracharyas in the country had not been taken into confidence on the issue.


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Sub: should not give up

Shankaracharya should not give up. He should still lead the nation in taking a tactful step without any communal violence.

Posted by deepa

Sub: Mosque - Mandir

The great Mahatma Gandhi said 'Religion is personal'. What the Mahatma meant was 'Religion is the communion that we have with our own personal God'. ...

Posted by Krishna Kumar

Sub: Mosque-Mandir

Hi Indian, Let me start by saying I am a Hindu, quite religious one that too, (and not a fanatic one).I was quite astonished by ...

Posted by Anil

Sub: Can't help make this statement.

The Sankaracharya is doing what his school is best known for. In Tamil, the word is kozhappam (major confusion). Even as Lord Krishna lucidly declares ...

Posted by ANAND

Sub: Kanchi seer's Efforts in Vain !

Dear sir, The Guru shankaracharya should be complimented for his efforts nd for his statement about the Ayodhya Issue. He has clearly stated the truth ...

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