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Dalai Lama has no role on Ayodhya: Shankaracharya

Times News Network

Monday 2 February 2004

Article paru dans le Times of India, ?dition du 2 f?vrier 2004.

HYDERABAD : Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati has questioned the credentials of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to promote a dialogue on the controversial Ayodhya issue.

Advocating a ban on cow slaughter, he urged people to vote for political parties which support such a legislation.

"The Dalai Lama does not believe in Lord Rama. Nor does he belong to this land. How can he promote a dialogue between the two groups?" he asked.

"We have been negotiating on this issue. Our efforts would continue till the deadlock is resolved."

This is the first time the Kanchi seer has reacted to the Dalai Lama’s appeal in December.

The Tibetan leader, settled in Indian exile, had expressed his willingness to help initiate a dialogue between the two groups, with an appeal that the issue could be resolved through mutual trust, faith and respect.

The Kanchi seer was in the city to participate in a religious programme. Speaking to Times News Network on Sunday, he denied reports that Muslims do not trust his mediation.

"It’s a misconception that being a Hindu religious leader, I would favour Hindus," he asserted.

He, however, parried a question as to why the talks he’d initiated on the issue failed last time and said, "Talks are a continuing process."

Asked whether he was willing to mediate once again, he said: "I initiated talks earlier. It would continue."

Speaking on cow slaughter, Jayendra Saraswati said cow had no caste, creed, or religion and, hence, everyone should support a ban on cow slaughter. The Union and state governments should enact a legislation banning it, he opined.

"Now, elections are ensuing. People should vote for those political parties which support the ban on cow slaughter."

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