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NARMADA PROJECT-Only a Breather

Godmen to Order THREE rounds of talks between the VHP and the AIBMAC have been held on December I, December 4 and January 10. The next round scheduled for February 5 cannot be expected to deviate from the in conclusiveness of the earlier rounds. Both organisations have submitted documents establishing the validity of their respective claims to be scrutinised by a panel of experts. The VHP has also announced that it sees little purpose in the talks since the government, though playing a mediatory role, is favouring the Muslims. As if in response the union home ministry has concluded that the arguments marshalled by the VHP ate superior to those furnished by the AIBMAC Both the allegation and response are significant attributes of the emerging conjuncture. There is little reason to doubt that the VHP sees the talks as being altogether without consequence. Even as the organisation seeks to capitalise on the publicity surrounding the talks its assertion that matters of faith are neither negotiable nor justiciable has foreclosed both a discussion and judicial solution. The VHP appears determined that the talks should fail and it will serve the organisation's purpose well if the talks can be projected as having failed due to AIBMAC obstinacy. And it has gone some way towards ensuring precisely such an outcome by extending its claim to the disputed sites of Mathura and Kashi Vishwanath also. Prolonged confrontation is evidently what the BJP and VHP are hoping for in order to consolidate their political gains.

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