ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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To Stem the Communal Tide

To Stem the Communal Tide THE members of the faculty and the students of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, have adopted the following statement on the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid controversy': In recent weeks communal violence has erupted in various parts of India and further violence from both Hindu and Muslim communal forces on the issue of building a temple at the location said to be the Ram Janmabhoomi and the removal of the Babri Masjid appears imminent. We would therefore like to call upon all Indian citizens who are con- cerned about the increasing communalisa- tion of our society to try and defuse the present explosive situation in a manner which may stem the tide of communalism. We would like to support the suggestion that the 'Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid' area be demarcated as it was in 1947 and be declared a national monu- ment, dedicated to communal harmony and hopefully symbolic of the peaceful co-existence of the two communities, with open entrance to all communities. We appeal to the President of India to take steps towards such a declaration as early as possible. As a means of preventing the abuse of religious sites for political purposes, we would like to endorse the demand for a constitutional amendment that there be a status quo on the religious character of these sites as on August 15,

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