The chief minister can solve the problem by authorizing the construction of new mosques. This is the only legal way out to avoid unnecessary tensions and conflicts between communities. He said: “We will try to find out how they can recover the encroached Waqf Board lands.” It would earn Khattar the goodwill of the Muslim community if he could reduce bureaucracy and really speed up this process. In the current atmosphere of deficit of confidence, simple insurance does not have much value.
The Muslim Council in Gurgaon told the media: “The Waqf council and administration have not been able to recover the Waqf properties from the invaders for a very long time… We ask them [the Chief Minister] to instruct HSVP [Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran] we allocate land in several sectors to build multi-story mosques and that will be the end of the Juma Namaz row.
In my opinion, the request is quite reasonable, but with a caveat. Even if the government finds it difficult to allocate land to them in as many areas as it requests, a viable solution could be found by donating land in fewer areas. The Muslim community, if its population is around there, can easily organize a fleet of private buses “Namaz Special” for one day a week from a public contribution, to transport Muslims from different localities to mosques. Both parties must be reasonable.
Dr NC Asthana, former DGP of Kerala, is the author of 46 books and 76 research articles. His latest book is “The State Persecution of Minorities and the Underprivileged in India”, which was reviewed by Supreme Court Justice J. Chelameswar (Retired). The opinions expressed are his own.