SC order on Ayodhya: Religious fraternity reposes confidence in mediation panel
After the Supreme Court decided to refer the Ayodhya title suit to a panel of mediators, the religious fraternity based in Haridwar and Rishikesh has welcomed the order. The members of the fraternity said that their long wait for a decision on the part of the apex court of the country has ended with the order. They further expressed the hope that a solution to the long-festering dispute over the title suit would evolve through the efforts of the mediation panel. Notably, the Supreme Court on Friday while ordering mediation for the Ayodhya land dispute case has asked the panel of mediators to start the process in a week and complete it in eight weeks.
Speaking to The Pioneer, the yoga guru Swami Ramdev said, “We had been waiting for a decisive order from the Supreme Court on the long-continuing tangle. The court has, however, ordered mediation. We welcome it as well. Now we would wait and watch. Let the mediators decide. We are optimistic of a solution to the tangle emerging in a month or two and it would pave the way for the construction of Ram temple.” He further affirmed that Lord Ram is a symbol of the nation’s faith and culture. “The dispute over the construction of the temple is not over a piece of land. We have every right to build Ram temple at the very place in Ayodhya where Sri Ram was born.”
Quizzed over Shankaracharya Swaroopanand’s opposition to the proposal of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar being listed in the mediation panel as a member, he said that the opposition was baseless. “If the Ram Janmbhoomi Trust or Vishwa Hindu Parishad expresses its reservation over the decision of the Supreme Court to include Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a member of the mediation panel it might carry weight. This is because these organisations have been instrumental in the Ram temple movement,” Swami Ramdev said.
Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Awdheshanand Giri of Panch Dashnam Juna Akhada said that had some other people directly or emotionally connected to the Ram temple movement been included in the mediation panel as members, it would have been better.
Swami Chidanand Saraswati, head of Parmarth Niketan based in Rishikesh, also welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court and expressed hope that the mediation panel would act sagaciously while taking a decision on the construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site.
Saturday, 09 March 2019 | PNS | Haridwar