November 9 will go down in history not only for the demolition of the Berlin wall but more for resolving a 500-year old dispute on the birthplace of Lord Ram, the hero and icon of Indians that was posing great threat to secular India. If the Berlin wall was a physical and ideological barrier between East and West Germany, the Ayodhya dispute was undermining the secular fabric of India. The day will remain historic as all stakeholders have pledged to honour the ruling of country’s top court.
The verdict is not be seen as victory of majority Hindus and defeat of minority Muslims.
Its a victory of Indianness, unity in diversity and and Indian ethos.Ever since the human blood were classified into Hindu and Muslim, the two Indian brothers remained closely bonded respecting each-other’s religious freedom.
The constitutional bench of the Supreme Court, unanimously, allotted disputed land for the construction of temple. In a way, the court has accepted it as the birthplace of Sri Ram. The court ruling is based mainly on the Archaeological Survey of India findings that there is a structure underneath the Babri mosque built 500 years ago by Mir Baqi, the General of Babar. The 900-plus page Supreme Court verdict cited several evidences before coming to this conclusion.
The Supreme Court has asked the union and Uttar Pradesh government to find a prominent five acre land as an alternative site for Muslims to build a new mosque. The 2.77 acre land where the disputed structure existed will now become the site for a temple under a trust to be constituted by the centre. The construction of temple in Ayodhya has dominated Indian political discourse for over four decades. It heated up after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. It changed the course of politics, and even changed the fortunes of parties. The saffron parties have, greatly, been benefited the Ayodhya issue.
The Ayodhya verdict has added another feather in Prime Minister Modi’s cap. The Ayodhya verdict has come just three monthes after the scrapping of special status to Jammu & Kashmir under article 370. Now Modi govt will be looking to enforce Uniform Civil Code. But, it is too early to believe that everything will be quite on Ayodhya front The hotheaded leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi are emitting. thThere is a sense of alianation among Muslims. It orginates, primarirly, because of saffron people’s hatred towards Muslim. Earlier, abrogation of article 370 had strengthed the alienation. Now construction of temple without corresponding building mosque will further alienate Muslims. Another interesting part of the verdict is that apex Court has rubbished the Allahabad High Court’s attempted compromise of dividing the disputed site into three parts.
It is to be seen how the verdict is going to set saffron agenda, “Kashi Mathura baki hain’ (temples where mosques have been built alongside)? There is also a feeling that top court verdict has justified demolition of Babri Masjid. What is now needed is to fast-track the cases against demolition of Babri Masjid.This will somehow cool down the alienated tempers. India always live by unity in diversities.