Ayodhya Verdict – Indian High Court Decision

October 1, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

The Allahabad High Court in the Indian northern state Uttar Pradesh delivered its verdict on the long awaited settlement related to the Ayodhya Holy site shared between Hindus and Muslims since 16th century.

Ayodhya has religious significance being the Hindu God, Lord Ram’s birth place.

Lord Ram is the virtuous Avatar or Reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Ram exemplified peace commitments through self-sacrifice.

Similarly, the Mosque on the site attracted many Muslims from far and wide. It was a common worship place for both religious groups over four centuries.

However, the tranquility dissipated leading to litigation over the land proprietary rights.

The lawsuit filed much earlier on finally came to fruition with the court’s decision on September 29, 2010.

Judiciary was fairly represented with a Muslim and Hindu justices serving the respective religious interests within the constitutional law.

The outcome allocated the land rights in equal proportions to the three parties and outlined the individual judgments on the specific issues.

Judicial findings in this matter are concurrent with the applicable law confined to the Indian constitutional framework and verifiable evidences.

Accordingly it reflected fairness and equality in semblance with ‘Lord Ram’s’ character conforming to the precise ruling perhaps through time travel in the “Ram Rajya” i.e. Lord Ram’s Kingdom or simultaneous adherence by the Moghul ruler Babur to maintain unity.

Therefore, the religious and political representatives’ initial agreement to the High Courts’ secular position now transformed into challenge at the Supreme Court confirms individual agenda overriding rationality and denying respect for the relevant entities they claim to defend.

Such arguments and initiatives are not only disingenuous but also counterproductive.

The co-existence of a Hindu temple beside a Mosque with the premise accessible to the Hindu and Muslim worshippers on an equal basis is the ideal solution to the prolonged dispute.

Any attempt to sabotage the honorable result in the decades old legal battle would exacerbate the delicate status quo.

Exploring further legal opportunities in this regard would be wasting valuable time and resources that could otherwise be invested in promoting solidarity and inter-faith relationships.

Indian democracy demonstrated admirable maturity by remaining calm at the height of ‘National Alert’ and preparedness to accept the High Court determination regardless is praiseworthy.

It is imperative to maintain decorum and pursue peaceful strategies to resolve the problems and reconcile the simple differences among all three religious groups – Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

Approaching the issues with genuine empathy for one another and willingness to accommodate others’ essential needs could lead to successful negotiations without legal intervention.

India should take pride in the religious and cultural diversity that has contributed to various progresses in the society.

Participants avoiding divisive dialogue in the media and Public Square would enormously heal the wounds from the past and the present undercurrents.

People are obviously tired of the discussions prioritizing self-interest over national interest.

It is clear that the Hindu and Muslim residents in the Ayodhya community welcome the High Court decision and look forward to a new beginning.

With peace dawning on Ayodhya through High Court diligence, the matter is best put to rest for greater good.

It’s an occasion to renew hope and safeguard the democratic values against the emerging threats on this issue.

Peace and harmony is to be cherished and celebrated for they are the unique gifts to humanity.

Ayodhya is symbolic to Hindus and Muslims alike with an urgency to recognize the fact that,

“Lord Ram is also Rahim and vice versa.”

At the end of the day the reality being;

Quoting Author – Muhammad Iqbal – Indian National Song

“mażhab nahīñ sikhātā āpas meñ bair rakhnā
hindī haiñ ham, vat̤an hai hindostāñ hamārā


Religion does not teach us to bear ill-will among ourselves
We are of Hind, our homeland is Hindustan.”

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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