Days ahead of the scheduled conclusion of hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, the former Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University has urged Muslims that they should hand over the land to 'Hindu brothers' for 'lasting peace in the country'.
Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah, former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University also advocated for an out of court settlement of the matter.' The "Supreme Court should give a clear verdict, it should not be Panchayati at all. Even if the SC gives judgment in favour of Muslims, will it be possible to build a mosque there? It's impossible,' Gen. Shah said.
'In case the judgement is in favour of Muslims, for lasting peace in the country, they should hand over the land to Hindu brothers. There has to be a solution otherwise we'll go on fighting. I strongly support out-of-court settlement,' he was quoted as saying.
Gen. Shah's comments come at a time when a group of Muslim intellectuals has suggested an out-of-court settlement of the case. Mr. Kalam Khan, convenor of the newly constituted Indian Muslims for Peace, said that the disputed land owned by Muslims should be handed over to the government as a goodwill gesture for attaining communal harmony and lasting peace.
'Keeping in view of our secular, democratic fabric and centuries-old relations with our Hindu brothers, the disputed land owned by Muslims of India may be handed over by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India to Government of India as a Goodwill Gesture for attaining communal harmony and lasting peace in the country,' he said.