HYDERABAD: A member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) the highest body of Muslims in India has said the Ram Janmabhoomi, the birthplace of Hindu deity Rama, is in Pakistan and not in Indias Ayodhya.
The Ayodhya dispute centers on a plot of land in Uttar Pradesh where Babri Mosque is located. However, the site is also regarded among Hindus to be the birthplace of Rama. The demolition of the Babri mosque by Hindu mobs triggered some of Indias worst riots, killing 2,000 people in 1992.
In 2010, a court in Uttar Pradesh said in a judgment that the site of a demolished mosque should be split between Hindus and Muslims. The court ruled Hindus would get two-thirds of the land and be allowed to keep a makeshift temple that was built over the razed mosques central dome.
In the book, I have reproduced the published research paper of archaeologist Jassu Ram in which he says that Ayodhya is not the birthplace of Ram. It was in a place previously called Ramderi in Pakistan. After the partition, the name of this place was changed to Rahmanderi, Qureshi was reported as saying, while speaking at the release of his book on the contentious issue called Ayodhya Ka Tanaazah (The Ayodhya Dispute), Abdul Raheem Qureshi said
He added that the real Ram Janmabhoomi was likely to be in Harappa, now in Pakistan.
There were three excavations conducted at Ayodhya in UP and none threw light on the inhabitants there. But there is no evidence that there was any civilisation in the present Ayodhya, several centuries before Christ, he maintained.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi remarked that given that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power, chances of justice being delivered with respect to the Babri Masjid demolition seemed slim.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.