Harmony Centre to come up near disputed site in Ayodhya

Plans are afoot to set up an `All Religion Harmony Centre` near the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2010, 23:51 PM IST

Faizabad: Amid efforts to find an amicable
solution to the Ramjanmabhoom-Babri Masjid issue, plans are
afoot to set up an `All-Religion Harmony Centre` near the
disputed site in Ayodhya.

Social activists Swami Agnivesh, Asghar Ali Engineer,
and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan are among
those who are supporting the proposed centre to be built at
Saryu Kunj temple.

Yugal Kishore Sharan Shastry, a social activist and
senior `Mahant` of Saryu Kunj temple, has offered his temple
to be developed in `all religion harmony centre` and the model
for the proposed structure will be unveiled on December 10 in
Ayodhya on International Human Rights Day, Agnivesh said.

The Centre will aim at spreading awareness on seven
issue--communal harmony, Dalit rights, women empowerment,
female infanticide, education, prohibition and economic
equality.

Sahstry said the proposed seven-storey structure will
house a Hindu temple, a mosque, a Buddhist centre, a
Gurudwara, a Jain temple, a church and a "religious
parliament".

"The aim behind this centre to strengthen the `sanjhi
virasat` of Ayodhya and to give a message to those who believe
that places of worship of different religions cannot
co-exist," Agnivesh said.

Meanwhile, a joint delegation comprising members from
Hindu and Muslim communities from the twin towns of Ayodhya
and Faizabad today met chief priest of Hanuman Garhi-- Mahant
Gyan Das and extended their support to his efforts towards
resolving the Ayodhya issue.

The delegation included former convenor of Babri
Masjid Action Committee Munir Ahmad, editor of a urdu daily
Aftab Raza and senior litterateur Ram Shankar Tripathi.

Mahant Gyan Das and Hashim Ansari, the main plaintiff
in Ayodhya title suit case, are spearheading efforts to settle
the matter out of court after the pronouncement of verdict by
Allahabad High Court.

Gyan Das said that he is inviting different sections
of society to convince them that "maintaining communal harmony
and peace should be a priority and not the temple or mosque
issue".

Ansari today met Muslim leader Afzal Ahmad Khan and
discussed "ways to involve the Muslim masses to support the
cause of peaceful negotiations".

PTI