Considering that a review petition is likely to be filed by the Babri Masjid action committee on the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya judgment, the case may continue for some more time. However, this may well turn out to be an exercise in futility since a reversal is not on the cards of the verdict which has given the 2.77 acres of the disputed land to a trust for building a temple on a site where the now demolished Babri Masjid once stood.
From this standpoint, the curtains can be said to have been rung down on the more than a century-old case although it received a fresh lease of life only in 1985 when the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) raised the issue of Lord Ram’s birthplace at the site of the Babri Masjid. Behind the VHP’s move was an attempt to enable the BJP to play the religious card in order to recover from its political rout in 1984 when it won only two Lok Sabha seats.
The religious/political events moved in quick succession after that with the BJP adopting the temple issue as its own in 1989 with its firebrand leader of the time, L K Advani, embarking on a Somnath-to-Ayodhya rath yatra (chariot ride) in 1990 to campaign in favour of removing what he called the “ocular provocation” of the Babri Masjid.