On day two of his Uttar Pradesh tour to mediate in the contentious Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday said he was confident that the solution to the dispute will be in national interest.
Addressing the media after meeting members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in Lucknow, he said: “We are holding dialogue and discussions over the issue and I am confident that something good will come out of it.”
“I am sure that the solution to this issue will be in national interest,” he added.
He further said that there was no conflict between Hindus and Muslims and that the two communities can come together to find a solution.
Reiterating his earlier stand for an out of court settlement, he said: “We all believe in the judiciary but it can’t bond hearts… We need a solution straight from the heart.”
Senior Muslim cleric and AIMPLB member Khalid Rashid Firangimahali expressed confidence that the meeting would help clear doubts and strengthen the bond between the two communities over the issue.
The spiritual guru met the Muslim clerics at around 10 am even though the AIMPLB had clearly stated that it won’t surrender claim on Ayodhya and had even turned down Sri Sri’s proposal for a meeting on November 14.
The meeting with AIMPLB comes a day after Sri Sri visited Ayodhya and held talks with Hindu leaders and other stakeholders and said that the issue could be resolved only through dialogue.
“Long term solution for this problem can only come through dialogue… Courts can’t give you long term solution. Both the communities (Hindus and Muslims) should come together,” Ravi Shankar told the media.
“It’s not easy task but let me talk to everyone, I need some time… Dialogue is the only way to find a solution for Ayodhya,” he added.
Last month, Ravi Shankar had expressed his willingness to mediate in the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute.
Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has voiced doubts over Ravi Shankar’s efforts to resolve the issue saying the issue of constructing a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya can never be resolved through talks.