Shri Ram janmabhoomi: Reconciling truth & secularism

The Daily Guardian

The Bhoomi Pujan ceremony performed at the Shri Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodhya two days ago has predictably evoked diametrically opposite reactions from various quarters. These reactions include celebrations by those who succeeded in proving their case before the Allahabad High Court as well as the highest Court of the land after struggling for half a millennium to secure justice in their civilizational homeland…

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The places of Worship Act 1991, decoloniality and indigenous rights

The Daily Guardian

The Bhoomi Pujan for the proposed Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya is scheduled to take place in five days, marking the culmination of a five-century old indigenous movement to reclaim a site which is of both religious and civilizational importance…

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Ayodhya verdict and the places of worship act

The New Indian Express

A patient reading of the Ayodhya judgment delivered by a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court last November may lead one to reasonably conclude that its discussion on the Places of Worship Act, 1991 (“the PoW Act”) was irrelevant to both the factual and legal matrices of the case …

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Ayodhya Verdict: Are the Supreme Court’s Observations on the Places of Worship Act, 1991 Binding?- Part II

In the first post on this blog, I had highlighted the patent error in the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya Verdict. I had pointed out that the Constitution Bench had erroneously assumed that an extract on the PoW Act from a previous SC decision reproduced by Justice D.V.Sharma in the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict,  was an …

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Ayodhya Verdict: Did the Supreme Court Get it on Wrong on the Places of Worship Act, 1991?- Part 1

On November 15, 2019, I wrote a piece for the Open Magazine titled “The Eternity of the Deity” critiquing the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict specifically for the manner in which Roman and English jurisprudence was employed to vest a Hindu Deity with legal personage. I had argued in the piece that had the Court drawn …

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The Eternity of the Deity

Openthemagazine.com

The much-awaited Ayodhya verdict was finally pronounced on November 9th, 2019 by a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court headed by the outgoing Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, the court has deemed it fit to look at a concept deeply rooted in the spiritual traditions of this land through the prism of English and Roman jurisprudence…

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Ayodhya’s Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute: Mediation for truth and reconciliation?

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On March 8, 2019, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of India directed that the batch of appeals in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute be sent to a three-member mediation panel to explore the possibility of an amicable resolution. While legally the dispute is in the nature of a conventional title dispute, nothing about the case is conventional…

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