No 'Good’ Hindu Would Want Temple At Babri Site In Ayodhya, Says Shashi Tharoor

| October 15 , 2018 , 14:38 IST

Congress leader and author Shashi Tharoor on Sunday sparked another controversy when he said the no 'good' Hindu would want to build a temple at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, which has been a long-standing demand of many Hindu groups.

Tharoor, who earlier this year wrote a book titled "Why I Am A Hindu", claimed that no good Hindu would want to see a Ram temple built “by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship,” even in Ayodhya, which is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.

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The statements from Congress MP Tharoor came during a conversation with former Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi at The Hindu Lit For Life Dialogue 2018 on the topic ‘India: Issues and Opportunities’ where Tharoor predicted more 'unpleasantness' in the months to come.

“I think we have to brace ourselves for some more unpleasantness in the months to come because there has been a correlation, in the not so distant past, between the advent of elections and the stoking of religious passions, communal rioting. That’s indeed my worry,” said Tharoor.

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The decade-long Ayodhya case has taken many turns till now, since December 6, 1992, when thousands of right-wing activists knocked down the Babri mosque in Ayodhya saying it was built on a Temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram which was destroyed in the 16th century.

BJP top leaders Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Hari Dalmiya, Sadhvi Ritambrara, and Mahant Avaidyanath were found with criminal charges by the Supreme court on April 19, 2017, in the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

The Supreme Court last month had said that it would hear the Ayodhya issue purely as a land dispute and hearings would begin on October 29.