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Verdict perfect like Taj Mahal

NEW DELHI: Archaeologist and former director of ASIs northern region K K Muhammed has hailed the Supreme Court verdict settling the decades-long Ayodhya dispute “perfect like the Taj Mahal”, where there is no scope for improvement.
Muhammed, who came under attack for his assertions that a large non-Islamic structure existed under the Babri Masjid — a finding the apex court noted in its order — said the SC judgment had left him feeling vindicated. He also welcomed culture minister Prahlad Patels announcement that the ASI report — which finds detailed mention in the order — will be published as a book for public consumption.
“I was maligned and attacked. And there was even a threat to my life, because of which I was provided security. But I took a stand and stood my ground. The court delivered a finely balanced judgment, one that has shown great foresight,” Muhammed told TOI over phone from Kozhikode, adding that the judgment had brought a sense of relief to both Hindu and Muslim communities.
“In 1986, Muslims had come very close to handing over the mosque to Hindus following talks between PM Rajiv Gandhi and Ali Mian Nadwi. But despite Nadwis best efforts, Muslims backed out at the last minute, thereby squandering a golden opportunity to earn goodwill among the Hindus,” he said.
The archaeologist was part of the 10-member excavation team that visited Ayodhya in 1976-77, and had unearthed, among other things, 12 pillars, a makara pranali— the image of a crocodile, which is a symbol of river Ganga — and the amalakaRead More – Source

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