As India awaits the Supreme Court verdict on whether the site of the historic 16th century Babri Mosque belongs to Hindus or Muslims, the government is reaching out with bated breath to both Hindu and Muslim leaders to calm tempers and avoid any major fallout, in case of an adverse ruling.

The verdict is expected before the current Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on Nov. 17.

Recent days have seen a flurry of activity in New Delhi, with high government officials meeting leaders of both communities, prevailing upon them to use their influence to maintain calm and

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