Sankaracharya seeks Muslims cooperation to settle Ayodhya
Jagatguru Sankaracharya of Puri today lambasted the Centre as well as the Uttar Pradesh government for not solving the long pending Ayodhya issue and charged them with 'deliberately resorting to delaying tactics'.
Speaking to reporters here on his arrival from Gangasagar, at the confluence of Bay of Bengal, in connection with the Makar Sankranti festival, the holy father claimed that the two governments been truly sincere in solving the impasse once and for all, they could have easily done so by consulting with some selected wise men from both the communities and listened to the advice.
Citing the country's democratic and secular norms in all fields including politics and religion, the septugenerian Hindu leader said unlike in any Muslim country, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, several leaders from the minority communities had been appointed as President, Vice-President, Governors and Chief Ministers since Independence without any opposition from any quarters.
Accordingly, he said members of the Muslim community should also come forward and reciprocrate by withdrawing all opposition to help bring about a permanent solution to the Ayodhya impasse and to the satisfacton of the country's majority population.
However, on the possibility of reaching such a solution with the support from all political parties, the Jagatguru expressed his doubt.
'As of today such an amicable solution seems a far cry, ' he said and hoped that the Supreme Court would take a just decision on the issue.
The holy leader once again sounded very critical of the current socio-political situation of the country when his attention was drawn to the recent spate of gangrapes and even killing of girls in different states including the infamous one in New Delhi, and said unless the government came out with strict punishment for such heinous crime and act swiftly, such brutality against the fair sex would not stop.
When his attention was drawn to the performance of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal during the past two years, the Holy father refused to draw himself to any controversy but at the same time vent his anger on the state government for not taking any action or passing any law preventing cow slaughter.
' It is very unfortunate that the state which is the birthplace of great personalities like Sree Chaitanya, Ramakrishna, Viveknanda and freedom fighters like Khudiram and Subhas Chandra Bose has not taken any step to prevent random slaughter of cow, ' he said and indicated his position.