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CONTROVERSIAL COMMENT: 'Shouldn't Treat Hindus As Guinea Pigs', Says Uma Bharti After Supreme Court Orders Mediation In Ayodhya Dispute

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The Union Minister pointed out how Hindus are being treated as 'guinea pigs' with all experiments being conducted on them

Union Minister Uma Bharti following the development in the Ayodhya land dispute case has argued that the sentiments of Hindu are being played with. 

Speaking over the Supreme Court's appointment of a three-member panel to mediate in the Ayodhya title suit case Uma Bharti said that although she is displeased she can't say anything for the respect she holds for the Apex Court. 

She said, "I am feeling sad, I can't say anything because we respect the Supreme Court."

The Union Minister pointed out how Hindus are being treated as 'guinea pigs' with all experiments being conducted on them and emphasised that on the construction of Ram Mandir at the "birthplace of Lord Ram" there should not even be any talks otherwise. 

She said, "In Somnath a grand temple was build after a national consensus. In Ayodhya also there are Masjids in other locations, there are Masjids in other locations in Faizabad. We should not treat Hindus like guinea pigs that all experiments be done on them."

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"The place that Hindus consider to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, there should not even be talks of anything else being constructed there," she said. 

According to the Supreme Court, the panel will be led by retired Supreme Court justice Fakkir Kalifulla and will also comprise Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sri Ram Panchu.

The mediation will take place in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad and the panel has been mandated to complete its mediation in eight weeks - by which time the Supreme Court documents pertaining to the case will have been translated and put in an order with the consent of all the concerned parties.

A progress report will have to be submitted to the apex court in four weeks. The mediation process is to take place in-camera.

A fairly lengthy deliberation had taken place on the topic during the Wednesday hearing, with the justices elaborating on what a mediation could entail. Hindu bodies in the case, apart from the Nirmohi Akhada, had then opposed the mediation, while Muslim bodies had backed it.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had earlier attempted a mediation in the dispute, speaking to multiple stakeholders, at the end of which a proposal was submitted which would have seen a Ram Mandir being constructed at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya, while a Mosque would be constructed elsewhere.

The decades-old issue is critical in political terms as well, for historical reasons, as well as on account of construction of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir being a manifesto promise in the BJP's 2014 election manifesto. 

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