New Delhi, Nov 16: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was in Ayodhya on Thursday to hold talks with Hindu leaders and other stakeholders of the long-pending contentious Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. The Art of Living (AOL) founder is voluntarily mediating to help warring parties settle the dispute amicably.
Talking to reporters after a series of meetings in Ayodhya, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that a majority of Muslims are not opposed to the idea of building a Ram temple at the disputed site.
“I know some may not agree with this, but Muslims by and large are not opposing the Ram temple,” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said. “A solution may sometimes seem impossible but our people, youth and leaders of both communities can make it possible,” the spiritual leader added.
Ravi Shankar, however, clarified that he never claimed of having a solution for the dispute. (Also Read: Too Late For Talks on Ramjanmabhoomi Dispute, Says CM Yogi as Sri Sri Visits Ayodhya)
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is visiting Ayodhya a day after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. CM Adityanath said the government is not a party in the case and it will support the parties if they come out with a mutual resolution through dialogue.
In an apparent bid to find out ways for a reconciliation between the warring parties in the dispute, Ravi Shankar also met Suresh Das of Digambar Akhada, Janmejay Sharan of Rasikpeeth and Rajaram Chandra Acharya of Nirmohi Akahada on Wednesday.
‘Talks Not Needed’
Questions have been raised by both the sides over Ravi Shankar’s offer to mediate in the dispute. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) have expressed reservations over Ravi Shankar’s role in the matter. (Also Read: Ayodhya dispute: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shouldn’t indulge in kite flying, says Owaisi)
“It is being said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is talking to all the stakeholders in the case but he has not yet contacted the top leadership of All India Muslim Personal Law Board which is leading the Muslim side,” AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Wali Rehmani said.
The VHP said there was no need of a dialogue as the matter is in the court. “The courts go by evidence. There is no relevance of the clamour for agreement over Ram Janmabhoomi after the archaeological evidence in this regard have been found to be in favour of Hindus,” Sharad Sharma, VHP spokesperson said.