His comments came during the launch of his new book "Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India", a collection of his essays published last year, at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library here.
"Ram temple is not an issue of customs, it is an issue of faith. While Sabarimala is a matter of customs which are opposed to modern constitutional values," the former Union minister of finance and home said in response to a question on the two issues.
In Ayodhya, and not to trivialise the faith of those who believe in Lord Ram and his birthplace, it is a matter of faith, he said.
"And, it is because of that, a group of people are claiming the land. Others are saying a mosque existed several hundred years ago."
The question is whether the Supreme Court would resolve issues raised by the Allahabad High Court," the Rajya Sabha member said.
Many issues are amenable to judicial resolution "but I don't think we can mix up customs and faith", he said.
As far as Sabarimala is concerned, it is an issue on which one can't take a categorical view, he added.
"I as an individual accept the SC judgement, but how can I stop ordinary men, women and party workers to express those views," Chidambaram said.
The Congress took a view, saying "we accept the SC judgement, but we can't tell our party workers, you can't have other views".
Kerala Congress activists, including several women have protested on the verdict, and even demonstrated in front of an office of the Travancore Devaswom Board, that manages the hill shrine, with the slogan of 'Protect Sabarimala Temple'.
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