The Polit Bureau of the CPI(ML) Red Star discussed the final unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court on the fractious Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhumi disputed land issue and has issued the following statement:
From the time attempts were made by communal forces and vested interests to communalize the issue and to divide the people, leading to tragic consequences for a long time, we have called for a negotiated settlement or judicial resolution to put an end to this dispute and establish peace so that the people can concentrate on the joint struggles for the settlement of their cardinal issues. So, in the context of today’s unanimous SC’s order, we appeal to all sections of people not to be misled by vested interests and strive for mutual understanding and unity.
At the same time, the affected people have the right to continue discussions on this order to prevent recurrence of such disputes, especially using this order as a pretext to rake up similar other issues.
By this order the Court has handed over the 2.77 acre disputed land to the Hindu side for the construction of a temple through a trust. An alternate plot of five acres is allotted to the Sunni Wakf Board in Ayodhya for the construction of a mosque. It is an attempt to issue an apparently balanced order.
But, it is contradicting the SC’s own observations that the insertion of Ramlala idol inside the Masjid in 1949 was illegal, and demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 was a criminal act. The SC also accepts Muslim ownership of this land for five centuries. It also did not agree with the argument that remnants of the structure found below Babri Masjid are of a temple. In spite of these, handing over the entire disputed site to Hindu side does not look like a fare decision. Especially when the SC has so far refused to act on the petitions challenging the scrapping of Article 370 by central government on 5th August, it is natural that apprehensions are raised about the fairness of this decision.
In this context, it is imperative on the part of the SC and the administration to ensure that no further disputes on religious places take place utilizing this order as a precedent.. The 1991 Places of Religious Worship Act should be strictly followed, and the administration and concerned courts should take up the long pending cases pertaining to 1949 and 1992 illegal acts speedily in the same manner followed by the SC to issue this order.
CPI(ML) Red Star.
9th November 2019