India’s Supreme Court settles decades-old Hindu-Muslim case on Ayodhya

A piece of land in Ayodhya in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, has been in dispute for decades. It is a significant dispute between the two major religions of India, Hinduism, and Islam.

The land is said to be the birthplace of the Hindu god-king Ram. It is said that Mir Baqi, one of Mughal king Babur’s generals, had destroyed the Ram temple and build Babri Masjid (Babur’s Mosque) on that land.

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The head of Nirmohi Akhara had filed a petition in 1885 saying that Hindus should be allowed to pray inside the Mosque instead of the outer courtyard.

It is most unfortunate that a masjid should have been built on land specially held sacred by the Hindus, but as that event occurred 356 years ago, it is too late now to remedy the grievance.

District Judge of Faizabad court

On 6 December 1992, a large group of Hindu activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organizations demolished the 16th-century Babri Mosque.

The Allahabad High Court had said that the land should be split into three parts, but this verdict was later rejected as “strange” as no one accepted it.

On 9 November 2019, the Supreme Court of India finally gave a decision on the land dispute after a 40-day marathon hearing. The Supreme Court panel led by Cheif Justice of India, Rajan Gogoi in a 1000 plus page verdict, concluded that a Ram temple should be made at the disputed 2.7-acre land. An alternate 5-acre land will be provided for the Mosque to the Sunni Waqf board by the Central Government.

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The verdict also said that according to an intense archeological study, the land beneath the Mosque was not an Islamic structure, but it is also not certain that a Ram temple existed over there. The judgment also said that the demolishing of the Babri Mosque was a violation of the law. According to the Supreme Court judgment, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board failed to establish its case in Ayodhya dispute case, and Hindus have established their case that they owned the outer courtyard of the disputed site.

The police and the armed forces have taken care of the security in Ayodhya to prevent any conflict. Thousands of police personnel have been deployed over various regions, and social media sites are being monitored to avoid any mishappenings.

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