Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Ground report from Ayodhya: Will mediation solve Ram temple tussle?

Ground report from Ayodhya: Will mediation solve Ram temple tussle?

"It may change. I've seen many men who were gay later turn into heterosexuals, and there are those who are normal, who are called straight people, end up being gay later in life".

On October 31st, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had held talks with Shia Waqf Board and representatives of the Hindu Mahasabha.

Reacting to Ravi Shankar's initiative, the AIMPLB had said they do not want favour arbitration and the dispute can only be settled through adjudication.

Meanwhile, Art of Living Foundation Darshan Hathi said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was not carrying any formula for resolving the Ayodhya dispute.

S. Prakash further said Owaisi had no role to play in the Ayodhya dispute, which he should understand. We have not even received any proposal on it yet.

He added that the government is not a party to Ayodhya issue but will extend all help if there is a chance of an amicable solution through talks. This is a very sensitive topic which needs long and valid discussion.

However, various Muslim organisations and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad have expressed their reservations with Ravi Shankar's involvement in the matter.

Various attempts have been made by all stakeholders till now to resolve the matter amicably.

The Supreme Court on March 21 suggested an out-of-court settlement of the land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of "religion and sentiments" can be best resolved through talks.

The Supreme Court will be hearing the opening statements on Ram Janmbhoomi for 3 days from December 5. While Sri Sri's efforts can be seen in the context of reaching to some conclusion on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute, the AOL founder had previously met members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and discussed the long impending matter.

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