Ayodhya: Ayodhya’s bhoomi has been a topic for heated debate more than many reasons not but this time, the waters run a little more deep.
Cutting across religious lines, the people there gathered to attend a unique iftaar party to send across a message of communal harmony, and all it took was one call from a sadhu, Jugal Kishore Charan Shastri.
His motive in his own words- “We have done this to send a message across that Hindu and Muslims are one.”
And there wasn’t a better way to promote Mahatma Gandhi's secular message than to pray on a common platform.
The people chanted mantras, heard verses and the Quran in unision.
“To help benefit others is the programme’s message,” says Urdu journalist, Aftab Raza.
“Ayodhya being the centre of politics, it is most important for the world to know what unity is,” says social activist, Sandeep Pandey.
In a land of religious conflict, the meeting was a welcome initiative. It was after two decades that followers of different religions prayed and ate together here to keep the fragile stack of harmony bound by the thread of common faith.