By T S Sudhir
Even though the Charminar is in the eye of the storm everytime there is communal tension in Hyderabad’s Old city area, you actually needn’t look anywhere else for inspiration for secularism in the true spirit. A 300-year-old Chilla (Muslim religious structure) and an 150-year-old temple share a wall of the 419-year-old monument. Of course, the priests claim the deity even predates the Charminar though the temple around it was built only around 1860.
Both priests say they are very good friends and that the friendship has stood the test of time through generations, since it is the same two families who have maintained both religious structures over the years. And tourists to the Charminar, irrespective of their faith, visit both places of worship.
So if Hyderabad can co-exist, can’t Ayodhya?
(video of my story aired on NDTV 24×7)