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A Supreme Justice On Ayodha

Thousands of paramilitary force and police personnel have been deployed in Ayodhya, where the mosque was razed in 1992 by hardline Hindu kar sevaks.

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The TV news channels scream the historical verdict on Ayodha as a"Hindu rashtriya victory," in the centuries old religious dispute but truly this has been a victory of secular India. Keeping intact the secular fabric of the country and the sensitivity of the sentiments of both Hindus and Muslims, the Supreme Court has done justice to a case that has been a politically sensitive issue since decades. 

Delivering a historic verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodha, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court todaydecided unanimously that Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas would get the disputed 2.77-acre land in Ayodha for building a temple, while the Muslim side would be given 5 acres of alternative land elsewhere in Ayodha to build a mosque.

The case, that has spanned centuries of religious history and languished in the legal system for almost seven decades, finally seems to have got a closure, with a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pronouncing today’s verdict. The Bench also told the central government to formulate a scheme within three months to implement its order.

Thousands of paramilitary force and police personnel have been deployed in Ayodhya, where the mosque was razed in 1992 by hardline Hindu kar sevaks.

States across the country had stepped up security and monitoring of social media posts in anticipation of the judgment. The Uttar Pradesh government had warned of severe punishment, including a jail term, for those inciting communal hatred or violence through social media posts and WhatsApp messages. They would be booked under the state’s Gangster Act and also the National Security Act, the police had said. Section 44 has also been imposed in the state in Uttar Pradesh.


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