Apart from the Commonwealth Games, the other most talked about topic in India as of now is the historic Ayodhya Verdict. While a huge number of people have found the verdict to be an appropriate one, there are ones who hold different perceptions. And there is constant discussions and debates across the country on the merits of the judgment.
However, more than the verdict itself, what I have found to be much more significant is the maturity with which the Indian Muslim community has reacted to the verdict.
It is a well known fact that a number of Muslims feel the verdict to be discriminatory against them, though probably in reality it is not so (at least I am one of those who feel that the verdict is an appropriate one). But despite being somewhat disappointed, the Indian Muslims have not resorted to any sort of unpleasant means to express their displeasure, something that many people had anticipated. In fact, they have consciously stayed away and virtually ignored instigations from a couple of so-called community leaders (like the honourable Imam of Jama Masjid) and non-Muslim “sympathizers” of the Muslim community (like Mulayam Singh Yadav). Rather than falling prey to their instigations, the Indian Muslims across the social strata have made it very clear that they are more concerned about practical issues like education, job, electricity, water, etc.
In a nutshell, the Indian Muslims have proved that while they are passionate and proud of their beautiful religion, they have equal respect for the Judiciary of their beloved country, and they are ready to respect the latter’s view on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue even if they are not fully satisfied with the same.
My hearty congratulations to all my Muslim friends, brothers and sisters from each and every corner of our dear motherland.