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'I've Not Taken Sides'

Sanity has returned to Marad. Here chief minister A.K. Antony tells Outlook how he brokered peace by bringing Hindus and Muslims to the negotiating table. Excerpts:

'I've Not Taken Sides'
T. Narayan
'I've Not Taken Sides'
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You have been accused of being a friend of the Sangh parivar.
I do not claim proximity to any section or any religion. During my student and youth days, I had kept myself aloof from them. Now, I am neither attached nor detached. I believe in the path of reconciliation, no matter who the contenders are. In this case, I have not taken sides with anyone. I put no conditions on whoever came to talk peace. My conscience is clear. So, I am not dismayed by criticism. I did not lean to any one particular side. I think that policy pays off in the end. And what we have today is another model for Hindu-Muslim unity.

Why did you keep out mainstream political parties, even your state Congress president?
Their contribution has been almost nil. I do not want to say anything further. Some of them are perhaps sorry that they didn't see blood. No, I will not comment any further.

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