Ram Temple Plans Will Badly Affect India’s Ties with Middle East, Says Kuwaiti Lawyer

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A mob of Hindu zealots surrounds Babri Masjid in Ayodhya which was demolished on December 6, 1992. — File photo

The Kuwaiti lawyer had also been vocal in the aftermath of the bloody anti-Muslim violence that shook Delhi in late February.

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – With the August 5 event for laying the foundation stone for a Ram temple at the spot where once Babri mosque stood drawing closer, a Kuwaiti lawyer has said that if the Indian government goes ahead with its plans, it will badly affect India’s relationship with countries in the Middle East.

In a tweet which has fetched over a thousand retweets, Mejbel Al Sharika, Director of International Human Rights, said Muslims across the world were waiting for the construction of the demolished Babri Masjid but the Indian government announced the event for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly to Ayodhya town to lay the foundation stone for the Ram temple.

Using the hashtag #Muslims_are_one, Sharika said, “Middle East wants justice with Indian Muslims.”

Sharika had also been vocal in the aftermath of the deadly anti-Muslim violence in Delhi that shook the national capital in late February.

Moved by the plight of Muslims, he had announced that he would take up the case of Indian Muslims at the United Nations. He had appealed to the lawyers to join hands to fight injustice being done to the poor in India by extremists.

The announcement to hold the event for the construction of a temple is seen in line with the Modi government’s right-wing Hindu nationalist agenda in which the space for minorities, especially Muslims, is shrinking.

The developments come nearly eight months after India’s Supreme Court passed a landmark verdict in the long-standing Babri Masjid title suit, clearing the way for the construction of a temple at the site where until 1992 a grand Mughal-era mosque stood. The mosque was demolished in broad daylight by a charged mob led by top leaders of the right-wing parties after a long-drawn campaign against the mosque.

The August 5 event will be held at a time when India is seeing an explosive rise in the coronavirus cases day after day. Health experts have been advising people to stay at home, maintain social distancing and avoid crowds. It is not yet known whether the general public will be allowed to assemble at the site.

The trust managing the affairs has appealed to the Hindu saints to tell devotees to perform puja at their homes as the proceedings of the event will be telecast live across the country.

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  1. The relationship of the Islamic Middle East with India and the reputation of Modi has already reached rock bottom due to Delhi pogrom of Muslims. The construction of Ram temple will end whatever people to people relationship is left between the two civilisations.

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