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AN APPEAL FOR PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE AYODHYA JUDGMENT
The verdict on the disputed land in Ayodhya with regard to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi expected on Friday, September 24th, is already creating palpable fear and a sense of insecurity, in different parts of the country.
Central and State Governments have already brought in additional security forces and several have been detained as a preventive measure.
Even if the judgment does not find favour with one or the other side, in no way does it legitimize violence or divisiveness. Rumour-mongering and hate speeches by rabble- rousers are bound to add to the already fragile atmosphere.
What is important is that every effort be made to transcend the narrow confines of religion and to create an environment that the God of creation is present everywhere and very specially in every human being.
We sincerely appeal to one and all: very specially to the leaders – political, religious and civil - to ensure communal harmony and peace in the wake of the judgment and to help preserve the secular character and diversity of the country.
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
22nd September, 2010