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Sri Sri's Ram Mandir foray a deja vu of Vajpayee's tactic: Book

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Former Vajpayee kept a distance from the temple movement and in private conversations objected to its agitational stance, according to a new book titled "Shades of Saffron: From Vajpayee to Modi" by seasoned

The book, said to reveal "hitherto unknown aspects" about the (BJP), points out that Vajpayee openly admitted to "being irritated by questions about the temple in Ayodhya".

But Naqvi, who has had the first-hand experience of covering the for well over two decades, contends that "the building of a grand temple was a core issue that the couldn't afford to ignore".

"Vajpayee therefore made a subtle change in tack and said that it was no longer necessary for a government to enact a legislation to build a temple at Ayodhya," Naqvi writes in the book, published by Westland.

"We will resolve the issue through dialogue -- the same way we resolved the Azadari dispute between the Shias and Sunnis of A law will not be needed," Vajpayee, who is currently undergoing treatment for urinary tract infection at the Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) here, is quoted as saying in the book.

In this context, Naqvi explains that it is fascinating that the "issue is again central to the BJP as it heads for the 2019 general elections" with at the helm.

"There are still legal constraints on the party's desire to build a 'magnificent Ram temple at Ayodhya' and the same path is again being trod almost two decades later by some individuals like who's trying to get stakeholders to resolve matters," Naqvi notes in the 284-page book.

She also points out that several informed people on both sides say that the long-awaited verdict on the disputed land "could be delivered in 2018", before the

"What's more, in May 2017, the of also revived criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma for bringing down the Babri mosque," she adds.

In the context of Ram mandir, the book also touches upon an earlier conversation between the and late Kushabhau Thakre, who became of the BJP in 1998.

"'Can anyone think about without Ram?' he once asked me, but added with utmost honesty that 'We can only implement our ideology if we have the strength to do so. Yeh sab hamara karyakram hai, lekin shakti nahin hai' (All this is in our agenda but we lack the strength to pursue it)," Naqvi recalls in the book.

Art of Living founder had earlier told IANS that the best solution to the festering Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is an out-of-court settlement under which the Muslims gift the land to the Hindus for building a grand Ram temple.



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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 18:32 IST