Mandir pol­i­tics

The Hindu - - EDITORIAL -

Former U.S. Pres­i­dents Dwight Eisen­hower, John K. Kennedy, Lyn­don B. John­son, Richard Nixon and Ger­ald Ford all contributed to es­ca­lat­ing the Viet­nam war. Then Ge­orge W. Bush wors­ened the war in Iraq. Now Mr. Trump wants to stir up a hor­net’s nest in Jerusalem. U.S. Pres­i­dents are ex­pected to be­have like states­men, not cause sleep­ing vol­ca­noes to erupt. Pres­i­dent Trump’s ac­tions un­der­mine all that his pre­de­ces­sors have done in the re­gion. Hope­fully, he will re­store the sta­tus quo. is­sue other than en­cour­age Is­rael and Pales­tine to con­tinue their talks towards an am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion. Ar­riv­ing at an ac­cord will bring sta­bil­ity to the bat­tered re­gion. World lead­ers, and par­tic­u­larly the U.S. Pres­i­dent, need to play a re­spon­si­ble and bal­anced role with­out prej­u­dice and bias. Kapil Sibal be­haved more like a Con­gress­man rather than a lawyer in court (“Why link Ay­o­d­hya dis­pute case with polls, asks PM”, Dec. 7). Mr. Sibal is wor­ried that the BJP may de­rive po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fits from a po­ten­tial set­tle­ment in the Ay­o­d­hya dis­pute. His was a po­lit­i­cal speech, not a le­gal ar­gu­ment. The Congress is play­ing a dou­ble game in its cam­paign. While Rahul Gandhi is try­ing to ap­pease Hindu vot­ers in Gu­jarat, Mr. Sibal is try­ing to ap­pease the Mus­lims. The Babri case has been pend­ing for more than two decades. More ad­journ­ments mean more money for ad­vo­cates and a waste of valu­able time. This could have been avoided

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