The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court pronounced its verdict in title deeds suits and related issues on the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhoomi temple dispute yesterday. The verdict calls for a three part division of the 2.77 acre land between the plaintiffs representing Lord Ram, Nirmohi Akhara and the Waqf Board. Another salient feature of the verdict is that it has accepted the claim that the place under the central dome of the demolished three dome structure was the birthplace of Lord Rama “as per faith and beliefs of the Hindus”. The verdict needs to be studied in detail and the legal issues can only be resolved now in the Supreme Court, as per the Indian Constitution. However, preliminary observations on the verdict suggest that it has accorded priority to religious sentiments and faith over legal entitlements and historical evidence.
Lenin P K Anand
President SFI-JNU Secretary SFI-JNU