Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia in an interview to a television channel said that a university should be built in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
The minister emphasised that ‘Ram Rajya’ can be brought about through education. Construction of a grand temple at the site of the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site do not garner to the needs of the children in Ayodhya, he added.
“My stand is that with a consensus from both sides (Hindus and Muslims), let’s build a good university at that place,” Sisodia said to NDTV.
Stressing the party’s stand on Ram Mandir debate, the Minister of Education maintained, “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, when asked about the current tide of caste politics in Indian politics, said that there should be a paradigm shift of focus to 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,” he said.
The communal colouring of universities by various political parties was also pointed out by the Dy. CM in the conversation. “By appointing Vice Chancellors subscribing to Hindutva who try to impose it on the students,” these parties are spreading casteism, he slammed the parties without taking name.
“On one hand, you talk about ‘Digital India’ but your actions resemble that of Vijay Mallya,” Sisodia said.
The Aam Admi Party government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have been prioritising education and delivering time-bound services to improve the infrastructure of schools and employing more teachers in the capital.