Ayodhya dispute: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says there is 'cooperation from Muslim community' to build Ram Temple

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living (AoL) foundation, on Thursday said he will continue to work to find a solution to the Ayodhya dispute, said media reports.

"Have been getting good responses from every side, we are talking about harmonious co-existence of both communities and construction of grand Ram Temple. There is a lot of goodwill and cooperation from Muslim community," Ravi Shankar was quoted as saying by ANI.

Ravi Shankar has been advocating an out-of-court settlement on the Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid issue. On Wednesday, while speaking in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur, he said that the court could not solve the issue which was close to people’s emotions by issuing a decree, The Pioneer reported.

The AoL founder on Tuesday had said that Muslims should gift the disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus for building a Ram temple.

File photo of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. AFP

File photo of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. AFP

"For a win-win situation, Muslims should gift the piece of land to the Hindus and withdraw all court cases. In return, Hindu saints should gift an equal area of land to the Muslims at a nearby location where they can construct a mosque. Such a settlement will lead to friendship between both the communities." Ravi Shankar was quoted as saying by The Times of India in Varanasi.

Three plaintiffs in Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi case, however, said that they would not accept any out-of-court settlement.

At a gathering of local Muslims in Ayodhya in which the plaintiffs - Haji Mahboob , Iqbal Ansari and Mohammad Umar - were present, a resolution was passed that the"Muslims will not shift the mosque" to any other site or gift the land to any party, according to a press statement issued after the meeting which was held on 17 February.

It said the Hindus could build Ram temple on Ram Chabootra in the outer court yard of Babri Masjid.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of Barelvi , Deobandi and Shia sects of Muslim community.

The development came amid efforts by Ravi Shankar and Muslim cleric Maulana Salman Nadvi for an out -of-court settlement in the dispute.

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Mar 01, 2018 11:25 AM | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2018 11:25 AM

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