Build a University at Babri Site, Ram Rajya Will Come: Sisodia
Ram Rajya would come if we teach our children, and not by building a mandir, Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said a university should come up at the site of the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. He emphasised that ‘Ram Rajya’ can be ushered through education and not by constructing a grand temple.
In an interview with NDTV that was aired on Sunday, 2 December, he said:
“My stand is that with a consensus from both sides (Hindus and Muslims), let’s build a good university at that place.”Manish Sisodia to The Indian Express
“Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Indian, foreigner — students from all communities may attend that university and from there should spring Lord Ram’s ideals. Ram Rajya would come if we teach our children and not by building a mandir,” Sisodia also said, when asked what was the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) stand on the Ram Mandir debate.
‘Education Can Solve Caste Politics’
Asked about the current wave of caste politics in Indian politics, Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, said that the only way to end it was through education.
“When I was at Japan University, the people there were talking about a new concept of running cars with hydrogen and on the same day on Twitter we were debating about Lord Hanuman’s caste. It is really unfortunate but the only way to move forward is by education.”Manish Sisodia, as told to NDTV
Without taking a particular name, Sisodia slammed political parties for spreading casteism at university levels “by appointing Vice Chancellors subscribing to Hindutva, who try to impose it on the students.”
“On one hand, you talk about ‘Digital India’ but your actions resemble that of Vijay Mallya,” Sisodia said.
‘Punjab, Haryana in Focus for 2019 Polls’
Talking about the Lok Sabha elections due next year, Sisodia said the AAP government would be focusing on all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. “We will also keep our focus on Punjab and Haryana for the 2019 elections,” he said.
When asked whether Delhi Police should be with the state government, Sisodia remarked that even if his government plans to take an action, it never gets implemented on the ground level because of different governments controlling different authorities in Delhi. “Delhi Police need to be under the Delhi government,” he said.
He also said the previous Sheila Dikshit-led government “didn’t do any work” in Delhi. “If her government had done anything, we wouldn’t have to struggle like this to get work done,” he said.
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