Ram Lalla lives in tent, his counsel became law minister: Author at Sahitya Aaj Tak
- 3-day Sahitya Aaj Tak event is underway in New Delhi
- Authors Hemant Sharma, Yatindra Mishra debated how faith in Ram and politics got mixed
- Authors favoured out of the court settlement of the Ayodhya title suit
The Supreme Court will commence final hearing on the Ayodhya title suit early next year. But two prominent Hindi writers from Ayodhya warned at the Sahitya Aaj Tak event in New Delhi that the solution to the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute may not come through a court judgment or by enacting a law in Parliament.
Journalist and writer Hemant Sharma, who has written two books on Ayodhya dispute, said the matter is more ideological than a pursuit of history or faith. He said, "The Ayodhya dispute is not about Lord Rama or his birthplace. It is a fight between two ideologies."
"The solution is not possible through a court judgment or a law. It can only come through dialogue and mutual consent," said Sharma.
Participating in the debate with Hemant Sharma was Yatindra Mishra, who comes from the erstwhile royal family of Ayodhya. Mishra seconded the view saying faith in Lord Ram is different from the political discourse that makes so much noise in public. Yatindra Mishra is also a noted Hindi writer and the author of Faizabadnama.
Without taking name of any political party or leaders demanding early construction of a temple devoted to Lord Ram at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Hemant Sharma said that the decision might backfire when the present-day opposition came to power in future.
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He said, "Before 1992, when the Babri Masjid was pulled down, the structure had been attacked twice in 1935 and 1855and a couple of times earlier as well. Whoever came in power there tried to bring it down. But if you bring something down when you are in power then a time may come when the opposition side becomes stronger and resort to the same tactic."
"For the last 50 years, the nation is debating whose Ayodhya it is. Does it belong to Ram or Babar," Sharma said adding that "we should accept that Ayodhya belongs to Lord Ram."
Mishra agreed that Ayodhya belonged to Lord Ram but there should not be politics in his name. Taking a swipe at the BJP, he said the trend to make Lord Ram a subject of politics is disturbing.
Responding to this, Sharma said, "Politics in the name of Lord Ram is old. The Congress did it earlier. Now the BJP is doing the same. Elections were fought in the name of Lord Ram...Ram Lalla (infant Lord Ram) is still living in a tent (at the disputed site in Ayodhya), his legal counsel is the law minister."
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad represented Ram Lalla in the Allahabad High Court, which gave its judgment in 2010. It ruled that the disputed site should be divided among the three parties equally.
Ram Lalla was one of the parties in the title suit. The high court judgment was challenged in the Supreme Court, which would begin hearing in January or Februray next year.
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