Bollywood on Ayodhya verdict - Let`s move on

Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 14:35 PM IST

Mumbai: Political parties should not vitiate the atmosphere, say Bollywood celebrities a day after the Ayodhya verdict, stressing that the people should take the court`s decision "in the best spirit".

By a majority decision, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Thursday ruled that the land around the disputed site should be divided into three parts -- one going to Hindus, another to Muslims and the third to Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu sect and an original litigant in the case.

Shabana Azmi: It is time for reconciliation. We need to take a cue from people of India who have held their peace. We need to remind those disappointed with the verdict that they had promised to abide by the court`s decision irrespective of whether it was favourable or not. I appeal to political parties not to vitiate the atmosphere in the coming days. Let`s move on.

Preity Zinta: I salute the decision. Our people too have shown great patience, maturity and restraint. Everyone feared some kind of unrest in the country after the court`s verdict. But from the time the verdict was announced, it became clear that there was going to be no stress. Yaaaay! What I like best is how much India`s image has gained in terms of respect in the international forum. After the drubbing our image took recently, we really needed to prove that we are not a country caught in a time warp. We are a mature nation ready to move ahead and not be bogged down by irrelevant conflicts.

Shilpa Shetty: I`m just happy to accept the verdict. That`s how it should be! Honestly, god is in my heart and we are all fragments of the lord. So there`s no bigger religion than respecting humanity.

Adnan Sami: I respect the court`s decision as I`ve complete faith that the judgment was made in the best interest of the country. I pray that everyone accepts the decision in the correct spirit and national interest. This decision once again upholds the secular ethos of the country.

Katrina Kaif: I don`t understand the complexities of the situation. But I do know that any decision which does not incite any community into aggression is a good decision. I completely believe in peace as the guiding force for every kind of people.

Neil Nitin Mukesh: I am proud of the Indian judiciary. Let peace and tranquility prevail.

Mahesh Bhatt: Go back to the age-old Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb. That`s the court`s verdict. It is a very creative and out-of-the-box job done by the three honourable judges. All political parties must leave it to litigants and if needed Hindus should be ready to work as volunteers for building a mosque. Muslims should come forward for Kar Seva. The honourable court has shown great maturity. The onus is now on us.

Prakash Jha: I think the court`s verdict must be taken in the best spirit.

Bipasha Basu: The disputed land to be equally divided between Sunni waqf, Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla. Sounds like a peaceful verdict. I think the verdict needs to be respected and peace and calm need to prevail. Politics n religion are sensitive issues, we should focus on humanity n peace.

Sanjay Gupta: Well, the verdict appeases everyone. Therefore peace is maintained. That`s what matters. I guess we can proceed now with building both the mandir and masjid side by side and let it be proof of our solidarity.

Abbas Tyrewala: The confidence with which the judgement answers questions on medieval events is intriguing. Yet it fails to accord justice for a modern act of criminal vandalism. A solution to a situation like this could have emerged from dialogue rather than legalese. It`d have set an example for the world.