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God as a Litigant: Examining the Contradictions and Biases of the Ayodhya Verdict

The Supreme Court of India’s judgment on the Ayodhya dispute enables the triumph of a majoritarian claim—backed by a long, venomous communal campaign—over minority rights. The fact that the majority Hindu community managed to successfully claim a minority religion's sacred place purely based on faith and belief comes out luridly in the judgment. While the god or deity as a juridical person may have legal validity, filing a suit in god’s name and projecting god as a litigant has the potential to bring in biases and conflicts.

Majoritarian Politics and the Ayodhya Verdict

The Ayodhya verdict favours politics over history. It bypasses the settled principles of legal scrutiny in adjudicating land conflicts. Such a verdict has detrimental ramifications for democracy and constitutional values. 

Ayodhya Land Dispute: Understanding the Issue through the 2010 Verdict

The legal history of the Ayodhya dispute is complex, with multiple suits and rulings that have covered a variety of religious, social and political issues.

Atoning for the Past

Responding to Abhijit Sarkar’s “Rhodes Will Not Fall Alone” the authors argue that the aim of their campaign has been the opposite of “sanitising history.” The campaign wants to begin and sustain a long overdue conversation in Britain about its colonial past.

Ayodhya and India's Mahabharat

Ayodhya: 6 December 1992 by P V Narasimha Rao; Penguin India, 2006; pp 336, Rs 395.

Ayodhya: A Future Bound by the Past

Fearful of an adverse judicial verdict, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others of their ilk are now keen on an outof- court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute which will put an end to the court cases against them. But the rest of the country should keep in mind two considerations. First, a settlement with the 'Sangh parivar' leaders can never be relied upon. Secondly, such a settlement will be at the cost of granting immunity to those guilty of the demolition of the Babri mosque and all the ensuing hatred and bloodshed.

Babri Masjid : Real Claimants for Reward

Real Claimants for Reward M S Prabhakara writes: At a function organised in Delhi on June 8 to felicitate Swami Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankaracharya of Kanchi, on the completion of 50 years of his ascension to his seat at Kanchi, attended by several high-powered people including prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the leader of opposition and prime minister-in-waiting Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao and former president R Venkataraman. The Sankaracharya publicly lauded Narasimha Rao for his role (

The Polity: BJP Prepares for the Morrow

Unlike any other political entity in the country, the BJP is an arm, a front organisation, and an extension of another organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. In the Eighties there was a fundamental transformation in the mass character of the party: on the heels of the VHP's test runs with emotive symbols the party cashed in to reap a rich harvest of votes. When these proved inadequate to reach power without back-pedalling the core issues, a compromise was arrived at. The issues were deferred but never renounced. They were put on the shelf, ready to be activated when the time was ripe. Such a time had clearly arrived by mid-March 2002 for a variety of reasons. 

Babri Masjid Dispute:Rule of Law and Building Confidence

The rifts created by the demolition of the Babri masjid and the subsequent riots still remain to be bridged. But for any healing to begin requires not merely the direct and impartial intervention of the concerned authorities, but also a sincere and concerted effort to inculcate among diverse communities, acceptance of their differences and to promote areas of integration.

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