The Allahabad High Court has finally delivered the verdict in one of the most unique and sensational cases in Indian legal history called Ayodhya case.The land belongs to Lord Rama,says the High Court in unanimous way in the Babri-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit.The judgment favoured the Hindu theory that disputed land belongs to Hindus in totality,being the birth place of Lord Rama.The bench comprising of Justice SU Khan,Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma was in no doubt over the fact that makeshift Ram Lala temple is the place where Ram Lala was born.It quashed the Sunni Waqf Board’s all claims in this regard.The court ruled arrived at the opinion that site on which the idol of Lord Rama stood belonged to the Hindus and part of the land under the central dome of the Babri Masjid was the Ram Janamsthan which should go to the Hindus.
However,the Allahabad High Court in order to make the verdict make room for an amicable agreement has decided that disputed land shall be divided into three parts between Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the party representing Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha – the party for Lord Ram.Each one of them will get 1/ 3 portion from the 2.7 acre disputed land. However,the court has made it very clear that in the final division the Rama Janmasthan which lies in the Central dome of the Babri Mosque shall go to the Hindus.As per news reports based on the interpretation of the Allahabad High Court Lucknow’s bench it has been decided that there will be broadly three division:1) Ram Lala, the birthplace of Lord Ram, given to Ram Lala Virajman (2) Sita Rasoi and Ram Chabootra to Nirmohi Akhara and (3) The remaining part to be given to the Sunni Waqf Board.
Coming to the reactions ,the political parties have appreciated the stand of High Court. The common men and as well as the institutions who wish to see the construction of Ram Temple on that site are happy that now their dream to see a Ram Temple is no longer a distant reality. Yes,it was more an emotive issue than a legal issue.No wonder people from all walks of society remained on the edge wondering what will be the verdict of the High Court.I found many friends who never telephoned me because of so-called lack of balance spent a lot of money in knowing the details !! Progressive souls often enter into blabbering that religion is of no use in modern times as people on street are more involved in bread and butter concern.However,the bright Hindu faces told a different story ,making the theories shared by progressive secular brigade fit enough for the dustbin.No wonder the progressive parties are tight lipped under the disguise of making a proper study of the judgment !!!!
I also noticed how foreign media loves to distort the truth.After the decision was given it instead of highlighting the main points of judgment went on to talk about the panic like situation in the country and taking into note the Muslim concerns stated that final decision shall come after many years due to Supreme Court’s intervention.The impression it has generated that judgment is vague in nature.That’s far away from truth.The judges have not passed a split verdict.On all the key issues ranging from the actual ownership to nature of division the judges have been unanimous.For instance in a majority verdict it has been proven that “the disputed site is the birth place of Lord Ram.”and” it is established that the property in suit is the site of Janm Bhumi [birthplace] of Ram Chandra Ji and Hindus in general had the right to worship Charan [Lord Ram’s slippers], Sita Rasoi [Goddess Sita’s kitchen], other idols and other object of worship existed upon the property in suit. It is also established that Hindus have been worshiping the place in dispute as Janm Sthan, ie a birthplace as deity and visiting it as a sacred place of pilgrimage as of right since time immemorial”.The Bench also stated that “” it is also proved that the outer courtyard was in exclusive possession of Hindus and they were worshiping throughout and in the inner courtyard (in the disputed structure) they were also worshiping ” and “it is also established that the disputed structure cannot be treated as a mosque as it came into existence against the tenets of Islam.”
Lastly,the bench made it cleat that “it is further declared that the portion below the central dome where at present the idol is kept in a makeshift temple will be allotted to Hindus in final decree”. I am not sure why is foreign media so confused when court in a majority verdict stated that Hindus are the real owners of the disputed site. Oh !! A pro Muslim verdict would have made them a lot happier and less ambiguous while reporting. That’s why they are now more concerned about panic,about the “partial disappointment of Muslim claimants”, and about Apex court’s intervention !!!
In fact,the judge DV Sharma has given a different verdict.His dissenting verdict which does not constitute the majority opinion of the bench is crystal clear that entire premises belonged to Hindus.He has clearly stated on basis of findings of ASI that Babri Mosque was built by demolishing “massive Hindu religious structure” and since the Mosque was against the tenets of Islam it cannot be treated as mosque at all.Interestingly,that mosque was built after demolishing a Hindu temple is view both of Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma.Only Justice SU Khan believes that mosque came into existence on the ruins of temple!!! I would also like to make it clear that though majority verdict has allocated 1/3 land to Muslims the judges differed in opinion to what extent Muslims own the disputed land. Justice Agarwal believes that only ” the area within the inner courtyard” belonged to both Muslims and Hindus due to their collective usage of it for a long period.On the other hand S U Khan feels that both Muslims and Hindus are ” joint title holders in possession of the entire premises in dispute”.In nutshell, though the verdict has allowed Muslims to be part of the disputed site ,it’s quite clear that claims of Sunni Waqf Board are baseless and illegal. The foreign media that’s worried about division of I/3 portion of Muslims should take note of the fact that court has stated that ‘a part of the outer courtyard which was in the possession of Hindus could be given to Muslims’.Anyway, the Court has for another three months imposed status quo.
In the end ,I must say peace loving Hindus are happy.They have no problem with their 1/ 3 portion going to the Muslims.It’s another thing that Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha plans to move Supreme Court challenging the allocation made to Muslims.There is news that even Sunni Central Waqf Board will move SC as it feels that “The Babri mosque cannot be reduced to a part or portion” even as all its claim have been trashed by the Allahabad’s Lucknow Bench !! Let’s this drama continue but by and large the road to Ram Lala Grand Temple is now free of all obstacles.Once again Prayag(Allahabad) the most loved city of Gods and sages has shaped the destiny of Bharata (India) in most divine manner.It’s indeed time to say “Bolo Ram Shri Ram Jai Jai Ram” :-))
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