Ayodhya remains calm on Babri anniversary; tight security measures in place
Friday, 6 December 2019 The 27th anniversary on Friday of the Babri Masjid's demolition here is likely to be a low key affair with both Hindu and Muslim religious leaders downplaying the occasion and tight security measures being in place, less than a month after the Supreme Court's contentious verdict in the land dispute case.
Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, spox of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, President of Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on July 03 said the trust members will meet on July 18 in Ayodhya. Adding to it, he said the purpose will be construction of Ram Temple. "We want that PM Modi to visit here once so that construction may begin," he further added.
The Ram Mandi Trust members meeting over the construction of Lord Ram Temple will held in Ayodhya on July 18. Trustee of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, Mahant Kamal Nayan Das Ji Maharaj informed that decisions to lay the foundation stones for the pillars of the temple to be built are likely can be taken in the meeting.
President of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust, Nitya Gopal Das on July 01 said that they have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to visit Ayodhya and inaugurate the construction activities of Ram temple. "We'll ensure that there is no crowding," he added.
Harmonious coexistence and regards for other religions is an integral part of Indian ethos. And as a result, examples of communal harmony can be witnessed in every nook and corner of the country. One such example was witnessed in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, where in an effort to contain coronavirus, a Muslim man developed a contactless sensor bell for a Hindu temple in the state.
Chandigarh Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Baniwal was felicitated by Muslim clerics for his work amid coronavirus pandemic. The felicitation programme took place in city's Sector 45 on June 12. Chandigarh SSP Nilambari Jagadale was also felicitated by clerics. Burail area mosque management awarded them for their continuous efforts amid COVID-19 outbreak.
As the Indian government is busy battling coronavirus pandemic, the citizens too are not behind in extending their support and making sure that the poor survive even through these hard times. People across faiths have been coming to the forefront and helping the needy. Similar scene can be witnessed at a National Highway 2 in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh where a Hindu and a Muslim man are working together, distributing food packets and other necessary items especially to the migrants passing by. In a bid to ward off hunger woes, various individuals and organisations across the country have been distributing food and grocery items to the needy since the Prime Minster has imposed nationwide lockdown. Two among them are Kanpur's Amit Pandey and Sohaib Ahmad who have been working relentlessly to distribute food and other necessary items to the migrants who are passing through the National Highway. Their act is not just a wonderful example of humanity but also showcases the harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country. Though working in different groups, their motive is same that is to help the migrants in meeting few of their necessities.
A silent demonstration was held infront of the United Nations Office in Geneva alongside Broken Chair to raise a voice in solidarity to eradicate the malicious blasphemy law and forced conversions in Pakistan. The ongoing mistreatment of Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan is an issue of immense importance that nevertheless still receives scant attention from the UN or international human rights organisations. Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan have been treated as second-class citizens, their constitution legally bars religious minorities from high government offices. The country's Christian community continues to suffer discrimination, intolerance and instances of outright persecution. Religious places like churches have become an easy target for Christian persecution. According to the protesters, Christians, Hindus, and other religious minorities in the Islamic Republic are routinely subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and harassment. In 2020, Pakistan has ranked fifth on the Open Doors USA World Watch List of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith.