Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Ayodhya Verdict – A Historical Judgement

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A city steeped in history, Ayodhya has been grabbing the eyeballs for many years. The Ayodhya dispute surrounding the Babri Masjid has been the bone of contention in India’s political and religious cauldron.

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The dispute has evolved through various developments and beliefs claiming the site of the mosque to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. From the construction of a fence by the British in the courtyard to avoid riots to the plea by Mahant Raghubar Das to construct a ‘Chhabutra’ in 1885 to the sealing of the place because of the installation of idols of Lord Ram in 1949, several controversies became a part of this story over time. The Battle lines were finally drawn in 1992 with the demolition of the mosque.

The dispute has finally come to closure as history has been made on 9th November 2019. This long-standing battle has finally come to an end with the historical and unanimous 1045 page long verdict by the Supreme Court’s five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

The verdict gives the disputed land to the Hindu claimants for building a temple on this land, a trustee board is to be mandated within three months. This construction would be on the lines of law & order and communal harmony. The Muslim claimants, Sunni Waqf Board, will be given 5-acres of land. This land will be at a separate ‘prominent’ position.

This verdict is not the victory of one and the loss of the other as the Prime Minister puts it. At this hour, we should honour the decision of the Supreme Court and the ideals of law and justice to maintain mutual harmony.

Image Source – Zee News

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