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Ram temple issue: Ravi Shankar says meeting with imams, swamis is non-political

The Art of Living Foundation said it was too early to draw any conclusions and that these discussions were not done on behalf of the government.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2017 12:16 IST
The Art of Living Foundation founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has met representatives of two groups in the Ayodhya dispute in a fresh attempt to find an out-of-court settlement to the legal case over the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple issue.
The Art of Living Foundation founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has met representatives of two groups in the Ayodhya dispute in a fresh attempt to find an out-of-court settlement to the legal case over the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple issue.(File)

The Art of Living Foundation has said its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been in touch with several imams and swamis, including Acharya Ram Das of Nirmohi Akhara, to help find an out-of-court settlement to the Ram temple dispute.

Ravi Shankar told ANI on Saturday that the situation has changed now and the people wanted peace.

“A platform is needed where both communities can show essence of brotherhood. There were efforts is 2003-04 also, but the environment is more positive now. I am doing this in my own capacity, it is non-political,” he said.

The Foundation said it was too early to draw any conclusions and that these discussions were not done on behalf of the government.

“Ravi Shankar has been in touch with several imams and swamis, including Acharya Ram Das of Nirmohi Akhara,” the Art of Living Foundation said in a statement.

“Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is of the view that the prevailing mood on the Ram Mandir issue provides an opportunity for people from both communities to come together, show their magnanimity and settle the dispute out of court,” it added.

The Foundation said these discussions, not done on behalf of any government or organisation, had brought to the fore the positive energy and willingness of leaders from both communities to move forward and arrive at an amicable solution.

However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has reportedly denied holding any meeting with Ravi Shankar.

The Board on Friday said it was ready to talk to Ravi Shankar if he wanted, for they would not have any issue in having a conversation and in helping find a solution.

The Allahabad High Court, in 2010, had ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77-acre area at Ayodhya among Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Lord Ram Lalla.

The Supreme Court decided to reopen the hearing after based on 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgement in four civil suits. It is all set to hear the historic Babri Masjid-Ram Temple case from December 5.