Ayodhya verdict: It's not over yet

The Lucknow bench played it safe. Appeals are likely to be made and the Supreme Court will have a tough and volatile decision to make.

Waqas Rafique October 01, 2010
The verdict on the Ayodhya dispute is out. But what can you say about a verdict that leaves no winner and no loser, and that too on an issue that has claimed thousands of lives and is as old as independent India itself.

As the decision dividing the of the site of 16th century Babri mosque between Hindus , Muslims and a Sikh sect in to equal ratios each was flashed on tv screens, voices from across the border declared that "modern day India has nothing to do with Hindu extremists."

Among them was renowned journalist Kuldip Nayar (view video here). He denies that urban Indians are affected by this verdict in any way or that they even care at all. But the fact is that an appeal was made asking for the verdict to be delayed until the controversial Commonwealth games ended - an appeal that was rejected by the Supreme Court. The release of Bollywood movie Anjaana Anjaani was also delayed so it would not coincide with the ruling. Additionally, Indians working in the MNCs have been receiving and forwarding text messages to brace themselves for the aftermath of the court announcement.

This is probably one of the many reasons why the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court played it safe. Maintain the status quo for the next three months and everyone in India will appeal the decision. The responsibility now lies with the Indian Supreme Court to give a decision that would prevent violence from erupting in the biggest secular power in the world where around 60 per cent of communal skirmishes took place post 1992, when the mosque was demolished.

So the test of India’s secular soul and the Congress' political acumen continues. The result is still to come out. Till that time comes, security needs to be on high alert as the saffron extremists could strike at any time and that is what neutral forces in India fear the most.
Waqas Rafique An Islamabad based journalist who was a former employee of Express News. He tweets @waqasrafique (https://twitter.com/waqasrafique)
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


Ali Sina | 13 years ago | Reply With all due respect, you have your own country and for over 60 years and we have seen the mess you have made out of Pakistan. You need to first look inside and see how you have treated your own minorities before pointing a finger towards India. I also encourage you to visit my website and explore all the beauties of Islam. There are numerous articles on my site which will tell you exactly why Islam has been the bane of mankind.
basharat | 13 years ago | Reply The case of Babri Masjid is not merely a legal conflict , it relates more to religious and political back grounds . After demolishing of Babri Masjid there were wide spread disturbances in India in which thousands of people, mostly muslims were killed. In these circumstances , the Court felt it proper to pronounce a verdict , which is partially of compromising in nature. It is a welcome sign, that the parties to the conflict , although have serious reservations , they , instead of resorting to political manoeuvres have preferred to take legal course .
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