Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Judgement After 60 Years

New Delhi: Sixty years after it first went to court, there shall be a verdict in the Ayodhya title suit on Thursday. This, after the Supreme Court today rejected a petition seeking that the verdict be deferred and said the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court could go ahead and deliver judgment on the property dispute.
(Map taken from BBC News)
(The Ayodhya dispute: A timeline)The High Court is expected to deliver its verdict on Thursday, September 30, after 3 pm. On Friday, October 1 one of the judges hearing the case, Dharamvir Sharma, retires.The verdict in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute will decide whether the 2.7 acres of disputed land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992, belongs to the Sunni Central Waqf Board or to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.In the Supreme Court today, Chief Justice of India HS Kapadia read out a one-line order to reject the petition of retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chand Tripathi, who had sought that the verdict be deferred and the matter be settled through reconciliation. Justice Kapadia said, "Having considered the detailed arguments advanced in this cases, we are of the view that the special leave petitions deserve to be dismissed. Accordingly, we hereby pass the following order: Special leave petition (C) Nos 27466-27467 of 2010 stands dismissed."
(The Mosque before it was demolished on Dec 6,1992)
The court heard arguments for over two-and-a-half hours before announcing its order. The decision of the three-judge bench - comprising Chief Justice Kapadia, Justice Aftab Alam and Justice KS Radhakrishnan - was unanimous. (Read: Will High Court judge DV Sharma get extension?)Centre appeals for calm, issues advisory (Read: Centre issues advisory ahead of the Ayodhya verdict)With a date set for the verdict, the Centre has appealed for calm. In an advisory issued today, the Home Ministry also said that,
32 places have been identified as "sensitive."

(A sadhu walks amid security)

Kerala, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have been identified as trouble-prone.
Central forces would be 10 minutes away and on call with extensive deployment near sensitive spots.
India Air Force aircraft would be on standby to transport troops to eight places across the country. (Watch: Appeals for calm after Ayodhya verdict)Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ayodhya-verdict-supreme-court-rejects-plea-for-deferment-55445?cp

(News story from NDTV}
The next 2 days will be very tense for all of us. My state and city are highly sensitive spots. We were told that 4 truck loads of para millitary policemen disembarked just a block away from our campus on the main street. Earlier there were flag marches in certain parts of the city.
Everyone is hoping that the contending groups will show maturity and restraint after hearing the judgement. The aggrieved party can appeal to the Supreme court , that option is open.

Please pray that peace may prevail in India.

12 Fertilize my soul:

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
I pray and hope for the best for India.
The best must be living in peace.
You say you are caught in the middle, and that is true, but you have a guardian, who never dorm nor sleeps.
May He grant you his peace.

monsoon dreams said...

I am worried.Kerala was once famous for communal harmony.Not anymore!May God grant peace.

Kathryn said...

Yes, may peace reign.

Crown of Beauty said...

May God keep your nation at peace as you all await the verdict. How awful to have all those soldiers standing ready...almost gives people the right to make trouble. I speak peace to your country, and may God surround you and your loved ones with His agents of peace.


Abigail Jasmine said...

Prayers <3

Amrita said...

Dear friend s thnak you for your prayers and wishes of peace.

God has the world world in His hands. He rukes all th e affairs of men , the nations are but a drop in a bucket for Him.

Zimbabwe said...

I will pray for India. Peace for You is very important. Religion is the issue, which has many emotions.

Julia Dutta said...

There is a disturbibg quiet in Lucknow I am told, police force were travelling with me in the Metro tube even as I was coming back from work at CP in Delhi this afternoon; in the face of all the ugliness of the CWGs, many of us in Delhi feel that the Government is going to p;ay up on this issue to keep the public eye away from the CWGs for it seems that the final judgement and the date of commencement of CWGs is kissing close....what do you think Amrita?

JI said...

I can't help feeling a bit pessimistic considering the way justice is dispensed in India. Where was the justice for the Sikhs in the anti-Sikh riots? Not one person was convicted. Where was the justice for Muslims in the Gujarat riots? Narendra Modi and his administration have successfully escaped any censure despite overwhelming evidence of their complicity. Where was the justice for riot-hit Christians in Orissa?

Lets hope the verdict does not open a new can of worms. If it does then Ayodhya won't be settled for some time to come.

Hoping for the best,


I'm not sure what a sadhu is? But he sure is an interesting looking character.

Amrita said...

Thank you dear Julia, Zimb, JI and Ron.

That 's right religious sentiments run dangerously high during time s like these leading to violence and mob activity Zimb.

Dear Ron, a sadhu is a holy Hindu man, an ascetic.

Hi Julia I glanced at your wonderful book review. Will come back later.
The CWG is another ball game.Hope you are avoiding all th epot holes on delhi roads they are showing on TV (smiling) Its such a diaster - just the chalta hai attitude- they should learn tha t it won 't work on the international level. The govt. Sports ministry and OC is to blame. I wish they ha d put P Chidambran in-charge, but he already has a plateful. Kalmadi should be exiled.

Security is very tight here . LKO the same, I guess. They have learnt from the 1992 diaster.

Dear JI, its the fortunate ones who get justic e here. The minorities are swept under the carpet.

sarah said...

love these pictures. so much is in them.