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Ram Temple issue of faith, Sabarimala about customs: P Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: The Ram temple issue is ready "faith" and Sabarimala is ready "customs" and the two must not be mixed, senior Congress chief P Chidambaram stated Friday.

His comments came all the way through the release of his new e book "Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India", a selection of his essays published closing 12 months, on 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 residential stated in response to a question on the two problems.

In Ayodhya, and to not trivialise the faith of those that consider in Lord Ram and his birthplace, this is a subject of religion, he stated.

"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 or not the Supreme Court would unravel problems raised through the Allahabad High Court," the Rajya Sabha member stated.

Many problems are amenable to judicial solution "but I do not believe we will mix up customs and religion", he stated.

As a ways as Sabarimala is anxious, it is an issue on which one can not take a specific view, he added.

"I as an individual settle for the SC judgement, but how can I stop unusual men, girls and celebration employees to specific the ones perspectives," Chidambaram stated.

The Congress took a view, pronouncing "we settle for the SC judgement, but we will't inform our celebration employees, you'll't have other perspectives".

"Our president (Rahul Gandhi) did not say he has modified his stand (on Sabarimala)," the former minister added.

On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed through the then leader justice Dipak Misra, lifted the ban on the entry of girls of menstrual age into the shrine.

Kerala Congress activists, including several girls have protested on the verdict, or even demonstrated in entrance of an place of business of the Travancore Devaswom Board, that manages the hill shrine, with the slogan of 'Protect Sabarimala Temple'.

On the Ram temple issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his celebration BJP, had been alleging that Congress was looking to impede the judicial procedure for solution of the subject.

The e book was launched within the presence of former vp Hamid Ansari, former union ministers Salman Khurshid and Dinesh Trivedi and Congress chief Ahmed Patel.

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