Editorial

Mandir chariot rolls

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/10/2019 12:02:47 PM IST

 Almost seventy years after the idols of Ram Lalla placed under central dome outside the disputed structure sparked that lighted the long and protracted legal battle over the 2.77 acre of land between the Nirmohi Akhara which filed a case in 1959 and then later a title suit filed in 1961 by UP Sunni Central Waqf Board; a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi , put an end to the more than a century-old dispute by awarding the disputed site to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. The judgement of the 5-judge bench was unanimous and also historic to a dispute that has torn not only the fabric between Hindus and Muslims but also other communities due to politicisation of the dispute. The Supreme Court on November 9,2019 backed the construction of a Ram mandir by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be allotted to Muslims for construction of a mosque in Ayodhya. The court had also ruled that the government form a trust within three months with the task of construction of the Ram mandir. The legal battle between Hindus and Muslims in Ayodhya began in 1949 as a title dispute. By the 1980s, the case had shot to centre stage, riding a wave of identity politics. In the early 1990s, the dispute gained popular support and took the shape of a movement, which culminated in the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. The dispute was catapulted from a local issue to centre stage when politics entered the fray since 1980s. Politics in other parts of the country, too, was in a churn, with identity-based conflicts rearing their heads. Now that the dispute has been resolved by the apex court, it appears that the issue should be closed. However even as the court judgment has been welcomed by some and unwelcomed by others, the political dividend from the ruling appears inescapable. Among those who did not welcome the ruling was retired jude A.K.Ganguly said he was perplexed and disturbed by the court’s explanation for the ruling. Ganguly ‘s lament was along similar lines as that of AIMIM chief Assad Uddin Owaisi who said that when the court described the 1992 demolition as criminal, then that recognised the sanctity of the demolished mosque. Owaisi asked that if the Babri masjid was legal then, why was it handed over to those who demolished it? He also asked if the Babri masjid was illegal then why is the case going on and therefore, the case against Advani ought to be withdrawn. Of all parties, the BJP, since the late 80s has made construction of the Ram Mandir an integral part of its election promise. The Supreme Court ruling has also given prime minister Narendra Modi another political boost and giving him an opportunity to sound more statesman-like when he appealed to all sections to respect the court verdict and maintain calm. The court verdict could be added as ‘achievement’ for the Modi government after the abrogation of Article 370 and enactment of Triple Talaq. Now the BJP can seriously look ahead at bringing the Uniform Civil Code(UCC) and implementing the National Register of Citizens throughout the country. With a brute majority, the BJP can afford to fulfil all its election promises much to the chagrin of the opposition.

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