What next for Ayodhya?

What next for Ayodhya?


NEW DELHI: Two days after the verdict settling the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in favour of the Hindus,


remained calm amidst extremely tight security with thin crowds of devotees visiting the city’s various temples. Security for the five judges who delivered the verdict has also been enhanced.

Meeting with NSA:

In Delhi, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met with Hindu and Muslim religious leaders to ensure that religious passions remained under check. According to a joint statement issued after the meeting, “The leaders resolved to honour the decision of the Supreme Court and appealed to all countrymen to abide by it, emphasising that national interest overrides all other considerations.”

Social media check:

Intelligence agencies meanwhile are keeping a watch on online media through a software called ‘sentiment analysis programme’ which will help them identify any radicalisation attempts being made via the internet. The programme help the police scan for provocative messages by filtering comments and posts on sites and chat rooms to identify hate messages and users. Since Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police have arrested about 90 people in connection with their social media posts.

Mulling the offer

: The Sunni Central Waqf Board said that they will meet on November 26 to take a decision on whether or not to accept the 5-acre land on an alternative site offered on the Supreme Court’s directions, in lieu of the 2.77 acre land where the Ram temple is to be built. The meeting was earlier scheduled for November 13, with the board’s chairman Zufar Farooqui admitting that there were conflicting views within the community — with some saying that the Muslims should reject the offer of land. While the Waqf Board has said that it won’t challenge the verdict, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) which had expressed dissatisfaction at the verdict, will soon call a meeting of its members to decide whether to file a review petition or not.

Cancelled celebrations:

The traditional procession, Barawafat, taken out on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad in Ayodhya, celebrated as Milad-un-Nabi, was called off on Sunday following the SC verdict — as a precautionary measure, according to local Muslims. Barawafast is generally celebrated with much fanfare with Muslims organising ‘langar-e-Rasool’ (Feast of the Prophet) and taking out a procession that passes through the major roads of the town.

Political gains:

As plans for the construction of a Ram temple are firmed up, the Supreme Court verdict may come in handy for Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh who is up for re-election in 2022 — when the construction of the temple is expected to be in full swing. The CM had visited Ayodhya 18 times in the past 2.5 years after taking over the reins of the state. It was he who also announced that Faizabad district would be known as Ayodhya.


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