Ayodhya verdict brought relief to both communities: Sri Sri Ravishankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urged people to maintain peace and harmony in the society. File photo: PTI.

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar referred to the Supreme Court’s verdict — which was announced on Saturday (November 9) — on the Ayodhya land dispute case as “historic” and said that it has brought “joy and relief” to people of both communities from a long-standing dispute.

Ravishankar urged people to maintain peace and harmony in the society.

Ravishankar was part of a three-member mediation panel in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title issue, comprising Justice FMI Kallifulla, Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu.

Initially, the three-member mediation panel was supposed to handle the Ayodhya dispute. However, when the SC was told that the four-month-long mediation proceedings did not result in any final settlement, it decided to take up the matter in marathon hearings.

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In one of the most important and most anticipated judgements in India’s history, a 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi put an end to the more than a century old dispute that has torn the social fabric of the nation.

It announced in a unanimous decision that the disputed site at Ayodhya would be used for the construction of a Ram Temple. It also directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the historic judgment of the Hon. Supreme Court. This has brought joy and relief to people of both communities from a long-standing dispute,” he said in a tweet.

Yoga guru Ramdev also hailed the apex courts judgement and said, “We should set an example of unity in front of the world. Hindu brothers should set an example by helping Muslim brothers in the construction of the mosque,” he told reporters. He added that no celebrations should be held, since it might hurt the sentiments of people.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Ashok Singhal, former international working president of Vishva Hindu Parishad and in-charge of the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi movement, should be conferred with Bharat Ratna.

“At this hour of victory, let us remember Shri Ashok Singhal. Namo Govt must immediately announce Bharat Ratna for him,” he said in a tweet.

“Only when Lord Rama wanted, the green light for re-building the temple is being given. Jai Shri Ram,” he said in another tweet.

(With inputs from agencies)