Saturday, October 02, 2010

Ayodhya verdict - An analysis

PodUniversal Edition 113
Ayodhya verdict delivered by the 3 Judges Division bench of Allahabad High Court (India) has been received by the Indian citziens with maturity. Centuries old conflict between Hindus and Muslims on the disputed site has witnessed the loss of thousands of lives in the past due to various communal clashes.  Fearing such backlash, Indian Government had made elaborate security arrangements throughout India on 30th September 2010 when the judgement was delivered.
S Sethuraman, Advocate
Earlier, Indian political leaders and religious leaders had appealed to receive the judgement peacefully.  Indian citizens have shown high degree of maturity, when they received the judgement. Even the media, political and religious leaders played highly positive role in containing the emotions.  
The verdict is one of the landmark judgements in the history of Indian judiciary.  While, all the three judges have confirmed the fact that a temple was in existence before the construction of mosque, two judges ordered one-third portion of the property to Muslims.  It is based on the fact that in the past both Hindus and Muslims were using that property simultaneously for prayers.
Though Hindus and Muslims may have a feeling that they are not given the full possession of the disputed proerty, the judgement has provided a win-win situation to both and none of them are the losers.
Some of the intellectual and constituional experts also criticise this judgement as "Panchayat type of judgement". Pakistan leaders have condemned this judgement and are provoking Indian Muslims.  Fortunately, Indian Muslim leaders are also showing high sense of maturity, not to fall in the trap laid by Pakistan. Though, both the parties have option to appeal in the Supreme Court, this judgement has given some avenues for reconciliation to end the centuries old dispute. 
On behalf of PodUniversal, we spoke to Mr S Sethuraman, one of the senior civil advocates of Chennai High Court and Supreme Court over phone.  In this interview, he has explained the background of the case and analyses the important aspects of the judgement.
Mr Sethuraman feels that though the judgement may be criticised by some intellectuals as a flawed one, this has provided a best possible solution for the centuries old problem.  He also added that he would prefer a flawed judgement if it provided a solution to the problem in the national interest, rather than a legally correct judgement, which could create more tensions.  Since the citizens of this country have accepted this judgement with maturity and calmly, he said that this solution could bring more communal harmony and peace.
Please listen to his interview by clicking 'play' button (14 minuts).  The streaming of the audio will be smooth in broadband connections.  If you find any difficulty, you may download the audio (13 mb) by right clicking this link and saving to your desktop in mp3 format.

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