NEW DELHI: Hailing the Supreme Court verdict in Ayodhya title dispute case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it marks a “new dawn” for the country where “fear, bitterness and negativity” should have no place.
In a televised address to the nation, he highlighted the date - November 9 - on which the historic judgement came, and noted it was on this day that the Berlin Wall had been brought down 30 years back and it is on this day that Kartarpur corridor was opened with Pakistan.
Noting that it had taken so long to resolve the Ayodhya dispute, the Prime Minister said it is time to think about the future now as the country has a lot of milestones to achieve.
“This controversy may have affected many generations, but after this decision, we have to make a resolution that now a new generation will start building a new India... This decision of the Supreme Court has brought a new dawn for us,” he said.
“Now as a society, every Indian has to work by giving priority to his duty. Harmony, unity and peace are very important for the development of the country,” Modi emphasised.
Speaking about the Kartarpur corridor which was inaugurated earlier in the day, the Prime Minister compared it to bringing down of the iconic Berlin Wall.
“November 9 was the date when the Berlin Wall fell in Germany. It marked the merging of two different ideologies. On November 9 today, the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor was also opened which marked an understanding between India and Pakistan. The verdict of the Supreme Court on 9 November gives the lesson to move united on the path of progress,” said Modi.
Reflecting on the Ayodhya verdict of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Modi said the verdict should not be seen as a victory or defeat of anyone and urged all to strengthen the spirit of nationalism.
In a series of tweets, Modi said the decision is notable as it highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law. He also said the verdict reaffirms the independence, transparency and far-sightedness of the judiciary.
“The Supreme Court has given its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. This verdict shouldn’t be seen as a win or loss for anybody. Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti, it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of Rashtra Bhakti. May peace and harmony prevail,” he said.
Modi also said that the decision illustrates that everybody is equal before the law.
“The halls of justice have amicably concluded a matter going on for decades. Every side, every point of view was given adequate time and opportunity to express differing points of view. This verdict will further increase people’s faith in judicial processes.”
He said the calm and peace maintained by the 130 crore Indians in the run-up to the verdict manifests India’s inherent commitment to peaceful coexistence.
“May this very spirit of unity and togetherness power the development trajectory of our nation. May every Indian be empowered.” (IANS)