Let Ayodhya be symbol of communal harmony: Buddhist scholar

PTI, February 27, 2010

Mumbai, India -- A Buddhist scholar and author has said the disputed land in Ayodhya should be converted into a symbol of religious harmony by constructing a temple, mosque and a Buddha vihara, and criticised the BJP for its "politically motivated" stand on the issue.

"All the three religion monuments should be built at the same place to end enmity between the various religious groups," Krishna Gamre said here.

Addressing a press meet here last evening, he said BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's appeal to the Muslim community to drop their claim on Ramjanmabhoomi and help build a Ram temple was "politically motivated".

Gamre, author of 'Buddha's Saket " No Ayodhya, No Babri Masjid', is an NRI settled in London. He is also founder of Ambedkarite Social and Buddhist Movement and International Coordinator of the Indo-Sri Lankan Buddhist Association.

Gamre said in 1992 when Muslim and Hindu outfits filed cases in Faizabad and Lucknow courts, Bharatiya Buddha Darshan Sar Society, too, had moved a petition saying his community was the true heir of the disputed land as a Buddhist shrine once existed there.

From October 14, a group of Buddhists would march from Nagpur's Deekshabhoomi and reach Ayodhya on December 6, the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, in support of their claim and spread awareness about it, he said.