My articles on the temple-mosque dispute are getting many reactions. People are giving different types of suggestions so that there is no bloodshed in the name of God and Allah. The first suggestion is that the law which was passed in the Parliament in 1991 should be implemented sincerely, that is, the religious place should be allowed to remain as it was on 15th August 1947.
The Congress party whose government had got this law enacted in Parliament is also not repeating this point emphatically. It is afraid that if it does so, their Hindu vote bank, whatever is left, will be gone. Communal polarization can become the graveyard of Congress.
So what to do now? Another option to solve this problem is to get this Act of 1991 repealed by the BJP government. This is not difficult. BJP has a clear majority and in the greed of votes, even small parties will give thumbs up. Then what will happen?
Then the BJP government will have only one major task for the next two-three years which is to find thousands of such mosques which have been built by demolishing temples. This is not a difficult task. Many Arabic and Persian texts and documents are already available, which narrate the said "sacred deeds" of the Turk, Mughal and Pathan emperors. Those shrines themselves are the proof of this. So will this government take the responsibility of destroying these mosques? Will the government be able to tolerate the national and international reactions to such a campaign?
A third alternative to this problem could be, as some Muslim intellectuals have said, that all the Muslims of India should boycott all those mosques and hand them over to the Hindus so that they can re-construct them into temples. This suggestion is very good. If the Muslims of India can do this, they will be considered the best Muslims in the world and they will add glory to Islam, but is it possible? Maybe not. Then what to do?
One option that I find most practical and satisfactory is that if the Muslims consider the mosque to be the house of Allah and the Hindus consider the temple the house of God, then why can't the two houses be adjacent to each other now? Are God and Allah different? Both are same. The 63 acres of land acquired by the Narasimha Rao government around it after the Babri structure collapsed in Ayodhya in 1992 was my suggestion. A unique and grand Ram temple had to be built at that place, along with it, there was to be a joint religious place of all the major religions of the world. The same work can now be done lovingly in many places of the country with large-scale public cooperation.