The Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has left many concerns and questions for the people of our country. First of all, as was appealed by almost every political party including BJP, this verdict by a five-judge bench of Supreme Court of India should not be taken as a victory for any group over another. This sounds good but the truth is entirely different. Many senior BJP leaders who are in government and also leaders of RSS-affiliated organisations have made statements which resonate like trumpet of victory. On the other hand, the people who are committed to secularism and justice have started expressing their agony and anxiety over the possible implications of this judgment. Renowned historians, academicians and judicial luminaries have commented openly and pointed out how the ‘faith’ has been kept over evidences and historical facts.
The apex court has agreed that placing of idols in the Masjid in 1949 and the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 were violation of rule of law. The verdict could have addressed the gravity of the crime, that it was not merely demolishing one 450-year-old structure, rather it was an act of creating hatred among different communities of our country’s people. One could recall the profound words of K R Narayanan that demolition of Babri Masjid as the greatest tragedy India faced after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
It is to be noted that the judgment failed to deliver justice in this matter. The judgment has left many lacunae of ethics, equality, justice and constitutionalism within its reasoning.