Sri Sri Ravi Shankar On Ayodhya Verdict: 'I Welcome It Wholeheartedly'

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Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar hailed the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya title dispute case and welcomed it "wholeheartedly".

Written By Shubhayan Bhattacharya | Mumbai | Updated On:

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar hailed the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya case and welcomed it "wholeheartedly". The Supreme Court on Saturday delivered a unanimous judgment in the title suit of the disputed area awarding it to the Hindu parties for the construction of a temple. "Everyone should welcome this verdict. I welcome it wholeheartedly. This long-running struggle has now finally ended," said Ravi Shankar. He expressed hope that citizens will now move forward for the nation's progress and maintain communal harmony. Ravi Shankar along with renowned mediator Sriram Panchu was part of a three-member Ayodhya mediation panel headed by former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla.

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When asked whether he thinks that the judgement is better than what the mediation panel would have come out with, Sr Sri Ravi Shankar declined to comment. "This is exactly on the lines of what I've been speaking. I've been talking about this since 2003. I'm happy of this judgement, it has done justice to both communities and is welcomed by people from across sections of the society," said the spiritual leader. Ravi Shankar also said that there will always be some dissatisfied with the judgement but people are generally satisfied on both sides. "Yes, of course," said Ravi Shankar when asked if he thinks people of all faiths should come forward and build the temple and the mosque adding, "...and set an example in the world of unity in diversity." He also said that India will now move forward "very fast".

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Effect on other cases

When asked of the possibility that this judgment will open a pandora's box for other similar cases, Ravi Shankar dismissed the concern and said the Supreme Court has clearly upheld the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act of 1993 and so this is a special case. "This is a very very fair and really strong judgment which everyone should be proud of... I welcome the SC for the very sensible and being sensitive about the religious sentiments attached to this place and delivered a very very appreciable and historic judgment."

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Ayodhya verdict by SC

Delivering the landmark judgment in the Ayodhya dispute case, the Supreme Court on Saturday, delivered a unanimous judgment in the title suit of the disputed area awarding it to the Hindu parties for the construction of a temple. It also directed the Centre to come up with a scheme within three months to set up a trust which will hand over the outer courtyard and inner courtyard of the site for construction of a temple. Apart from this, the SC stated that an alternate land of 5 acres is to be allotted to Muslims for the liberty of constructing a mosque either by the central govt or the State govt in a suitable and prominent place in Ayodhya.

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