In a major development, Mohammed Hashim Ansari - who has fought legal battles since 1961 for the land where the Babri Masjid stood - visited a prominent Hindu seer on Sunday to urge him to jointly work out a negotiated settlement on the lines indicated in the Sep 30 verdict of the Allahabad High Court. A matter of faith?
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has convened a meeting of its working committee in Lucknow on October 16 to review the situation arising from the High Court verdict in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case.
One of the eight Muslim litigants in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit Mohammad Hashim Ansari took a personal initiative to untangle the Ayodhya issue after the Allahabad High Court verdict on Thursday.
The BJP sees a new political challenge post-Ayodhya verdict as it braces itself to answer critics who question the “faith over law” approach.
“India has moved on,” said Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, reassuring the country hours before the Ayodhya verdict was delivered, writes Varghese George
. Ayodhya milestones
Fresh moves appear to be afoot to resolve the Ayodhya dispute out of court, three days after the Allahabad High Court verdict in the case.
The special bench of Lucknow High Court, while pronouncing verdict in Babri Masjid-Ramjanma Bhoomi case on September 30, had also indicted the district judge Faizabad who had allowed the opening of the locks of the mosque in 1986. Masoodul Hasan
reports. See special
Now that the Ayodhya verdict is in — though, of course, there will be an appeal and another judgement in the months to come — three things are worth noting, writes Vir Sanghvi
. Special: Ayodhya verdict
Casting their initial caginess aside, Muslim organisations have roundly criticised the Ayodhya verdict, raising fears of fresh alienation of the minority community.
While complete calm prevailed across the country on Friday, the day after the Ayodhya verdict, incipient signs of trouble were visible with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav saying Muslims were feeling cheated. HT
reports. Special: Judgment Day Ayodhya
Pakistani newspapers had different takes on Friday on the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue. One held that the trifurcation of the disputed land into two parts for the Hindus and one for the Muslims seemed to be the "only tenable solution", while another hailed it as the victory of "inflamed Hindu mobs".
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has called for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya issue and even indicated that his party could make an attempt towards it.
The Ayodhya verdict has visibly relieved the BJP, which had been in two minds over Hindutva and the desire to enter the liberal space after its recent electoral decline.
"Let's bury this 60-year-old dispute here and make a fresh start." This was how Mohd Hashim Ansari (90), one of the main litigants in the Ayodhya title suits, responded to the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. See special
Hussaini Tigers, an organisation of Shia youths , today urged the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) not to approach the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya title suits and instead let the matter end here for good.