New Delhi: The Communist Party of India on Monday has sent a letter to the Central Government demanding not to air the groundbreaking ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya scheduled on August 5.
The CPI argued that the use of Doordarshan to broadcast the religious function at Ayodhya is against the accepted norms of national integrity. Since the temple in Ayodhya has long been a source of conflict and disharmony, the telecast of its groundbreaking ceremony should be avoided, further added the party.
In the letter to Information and Broadcast (I&B) Ministry, the CPI stated, “The demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and the subsequent mobilization around the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya has been a source of conflict and disharmony in the country for decades now.”
“The Prasar Bharti Act, which governs the functioning of Doordarshan, in section 12 2(a) clearly states that its objective is ‘upholding the unity and integrity of the country and the values enshrined in the Constitution’,” read the letter.
The CPI concluded the letter requesting, “As a broadcasting channel governed by an arm of the State, the use of Doordarshan to telecast the religious function in Ayodhya must be avoided.”