Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a historic verdict on November 9 backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the holy town.
In his last Mann ki Baat address on Diwali, Modi had referred to the 2010 Allahabad High Court Judgment on the Ayodhya
issue. He had recalled how the government, civil society and people had maintained peace and harmony back then.
"This time too, when the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment on November 9, 130 crore Indians once again proved, that for them, national
interest is supreme. The values of peace, unity and goodwill are paramount in our country," he said.
He said the SC verdict was "embraced with open arms.
"They accepted the verdict with ease and with peace... I am particularly grateful to them for the patience, restraint and maturity shown by them," he said.
The prime minister was of the view that while on the one hand, a protracted legal battle has ended, on the other, the respect for the judiciary has grown in the country.
"In the truest sense, this verdict has also proved to be a milestone for the judiciary in our country," he said.
Hours after the verdict was delivered, the prime minister had addressed the nation to thank people for the maturity shown by them.