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Ayodhya amnesia

So the Supreme Court has stayed the earlier Allahabad high court decision on the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case. You think it’s the right step? HT says.

india Updated: May 11, 2011 21:58 IST

So the Supreme Court has stayed the earlier Allahabad high court decision on the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case. You think it’s the right step?

What’s Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi?

Don’t tell me you’re unaware of one of independent India’s biggest communal quarrel?

Does this have something to do with Gujarat?

Er, well, not directly but...

Oh, this is that old Ayodhya incident!

Yes! That’s right.

Well, I’ll be honest. I don’t think on his return from exile Ram should have tested Sita with that agni pariksha.

Dimwit, I’m talking about the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992 by Hindu fundamentalist mobs claiming that a temple be built on this site that they consider the birthplace of Ram.

Must have been very strange and surprising to fight over something so old?

That’s exactly the words used by the Supreme Court to describe the high court’s verdict in September 2010 to divide the site up into three among the disputing parties considering that no one asked for a trifurcation.

Hindus, Muslims... Who was the third party?

Er, the god Ram, I believe.

Do say: Was the BJP involved?
Don’t say: What’s the BJP?