Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has spoken exclusively and at length to Republic TV about his mediation and views in the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, which has run for almost seven decades but is nearing a critical phase.
With the Ayodhya case set for its next hearing in the Supreme Court on March 14, and a massive 'Ayodhya meet' planned to work towards a consensus in the matter, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has outlined the various possibilities and potential outcomes, as well as the ramifications, some of which, he describes as "grave", and others, positive.
"It will. Just the date has been postponed. We've moved the date a little further but we're going to do that. We may do that in Lucknow itself and then go to Ayodhya."
"I can't predict a date, but I'm sure we will. Sense will prevail. I can't predict the date, but I can say it will happen."
"I don't mind whatever they say. I have clarity in my mind, I know what I'm doing. Why I'm doing is a long-term good for both communities, for our country as such. I'll continue doing. I'd request people opposing me to look into the logic. Don't see from the old glasses you were seeing from 25 years ago. Situations have changed now, things have changed. See it from a broader perspective. What you are thinking will be a gain from the court won't be. It'll be an illusion."
"They have to see for themselves and analyse if the steps they are taking are for the good of the country, for the community."
"I'm very confident. In this country, fortunately, we have lot of sensible people in this country. We have well-meaning and good-hearted people in this country, so definitely we'll succeed."
"No need for politics to interfere. It's a matter of faith. Nothing stops politicians from bringing a legislation on this. But it'll leave a section of society to feel left out. I would want everyone to participate and take credit for this."