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Ram Mandir Dispute: In Clear Message to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Rejects Out-of-Court Settlement

Speaking at VHP’s Dharma Sansad in Karnataka’s Udupi town, Bhagwat elaborated on this interaction with Sri Sri, but did not name the spiritual leader.


Updated:November 25, 2017, 1:00 PM IST

New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has rejected any moves by Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar towards an out-of-court settlement in the Ayodhya Ram Temple issue.

Speaking at VHP’s Dharma Sansad in Karnataka’s Udupi town, Bhagwat elaborated on this interaction with Sri Sri, but did not name the spiritual leader.

Ek to bohot prasidhha hain jinke baare mein media mein khabar aa rahi hai. Aapko wahan se pata chala, mujhe bhi wahin se pata chala. Aisa hone ka prayaas chal raha tha. Wo bhi mere paas aaye (There is news coming in the media about someone well-known…. I got to know from there that something like this is afoot. He also came to me),” Bhagwat said.

"Maine kaha ye hamara kaam nahi hai. Un mahashey ne suna nahin. Kya unko soojhi, ek karyakram mein main bhi baitha tha aur Acharya Dharmendra ji bhi baithe the. Unhi ke saamne unhone prastaav de diya aur prastaav mein dala ki sabhi paarit karen (I said this is not our job. That gentleman didn’t listen. I don’t know what came over him… at a function in which Acharya Dharmendra ji and I were present, he submitted a proposal, asking us to pass it as well).”

“Maine unse kaha galti se bhi mat kijiye, kam se kam yahan toh mat kijiye… Kyun ki Acharya ji baithe the aur mujhe malum tha wo kya bolenge. Jaise hi unhone prastav dala, Acharya ji khade ho gaye aur 15 vakyon mein prastav dhvastha kar diya (I told him not to do this here at least… because Acharya ji was present and I knew what he would say. The moment that gentlemen submitted the proposal, Acharya ji dismissed it in 15 sentences),” Bhagwat said.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had, earlier this month, traveled to Lucknow and Ayodhya to speak to all major stake holders to find an amicable solution to the issue.

However, most of the concerned parties remained cold to the proposal espoused by the spiritual leader.

At the Udupi event, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat made it clear that any decision on the issue has to be made by seers and saints who have led the movement.

"If anyone wants to make an effort, let them do that. It is a democracy," he added in an oblique reference to the initiative taken by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The Supreme Court apex court will start hearing the Ram Temple title suit from the first week of December.

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| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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