Double standard to seek the revision of Ayodhya's verdict, time to strengthen the economy: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

KOLKATA: In qualifying the decision of the Muslim Personal Law Board of all India and Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind to seek a review of the recent verdict as a double standard, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that Hindus and Muslims They should go ahead and work towards strengthening the economy.

The spiritual leader, who was part of the mediation panel appointed by the Supreme Court in Ayodhya's case, said the matter would have been resolved long ago, if a party had not insisted on building a site on the site in dispute.

Speaking of the current financial crisis in India, he said that much needed to be done to boost the economy.

Yes, I am happy with the verdict of Ayodhya. I have been saying this since 2003 that both communities can work on it ... build mandir on one side and masjid on the other. But yeh zidd ki masjid wahi banana hai ka koi matlab nahi tha (the stubbornness to build a mosque on the disputed site made no sense), Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told PTI in an exclusive interview here.

Sri Sri was in town to address a meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, where he also announced his new national Vyakti Vikas se Rashtra Vikas program (from individual development to country development).

He praised the apex court verdict as a very good decision to resolve the long-standing dispute.

A special Supreme Court bank, in its unanimous verdict on November 9, opened the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ordered the Center to allocate five-acre land to the Sunni Waqf Board To build a mosque.

In what is supposed to be one of the most important and anticipated trials in the history of India, the court ended the dispute of more than a century that was damaging the nation's social fabric.

When asked about the AIMPLB plan to submit a petition for review, the spiritual leader said that not everyone could be satisfied with a decision.

Naturally, not everyone can be happy with a decision; Different people have different views ... The same people who plan to go to a review had previously said they would accept the Supreme Court verdict, now they have changed their position. said the founder of The Art of Living Foundation.

Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind said last week that the draft revision petition against the recent verdict was ready and the statement would be submitted on December 3 or 4.

The AIMPLB also said that the request for review would be submitted before December 9.

In criticizing the two Islamic organizations, Sri Sri said: The double standard is obvious. They had said before that they would accept the verdict, even if it goes against their interests. Now they are saying something different.

However, the 63-year-old spiritual guru said that Ayodhya's theme should not be mixed with that of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi and Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura, two other sites in dispute.

All kinds of voices keep coming. There are many things that must be done in society. We need to set our priorities correctly, focus on education, employment and unemployment. We need to see how to create more connoisseurs and push our economy forward, he insisted.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had recently declared that it would draw the nation's attention to the disputes of Kashi (Varanasi) and Mathura, after Ayodhya's verdict.

Speaking about the slow economic growth in the second quarter, Sri Sri said efforts should be made everywhere to improve the state of the economy.

India's second quarter GDP growth slowed sharply to 4.5 percent, the weakest pace in more than six years, as manufacturing production plummeted and consumer demand and private investment weakened .

However, the spiritual guru responded negatively when asked if the subject of the mandir-masjid overshadowed the country's economy, as several opposition parties allege.

I don't think so (the two are not related) because this verdict was issued by the court, he added.