• Appeal to review the Ayodhya Judgement

    Statement

    November 16, 2019

    The Supreme Court’s judgement in the Ayodhya case delivered on 9 November 2019 has caused widespread concern among all those who have the interests of justice and fairness at heart.

    The first source of concern is that the Court’s has delivered a judgement which has been made possible only by the criminal destruction of the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992, which the Court itself has described as an “unlawful act”. No speculations over archaeological excavations on the site, on which the Court has so much relied, would have been possible without the previous destruction of the Masjid. Nor would it have been as easy for the Court to hand over the site to the Hindu side if the Masjid had still stood.

    Moreover, the Court’s treatment of both archaeology and history seems to have been rather cavalier and one-sided. There is no iota of proof for the Court’s assumption that Muslims had ceased to pray in the Masjid in Mughal and Nawabi times. Nor is there any proof that Hindus anywhere before very late times believed that Lord Rama was born precisely at the site of Babri Masjid, which should, of course, not be confused with the belief that he was born in Ayodhya. Remarkably, the Court glosses over Tulsidas’s silence on the site of his birth.

    Finally, the Court’s assigning to the Government of India the task of setting up a Hindu religious trust to build the future Rama temple on the Babri Masjid site implies that in the Court’s view it is the Government’s duty to cater to Hindu religious interests. This surely is hardly in consonance with the supposed secular nature of our state.

    We, the undersigned, therefore, earnestly urge the Supreme Court to review its judgement.

    Aban Raza

    Achin Vinaik

    Ahmad Raza

    Alok Jain

    Anand K Sahay

    Angelie Multani

    Anil Bhatti

    Anil Chandra

    Antara Dev Sen

    Archana Prasad

    Ashok Rao

    Astad Daboo

    Ayesha Kidwai

    Badri Raina

    CP Bhambri

    CP Chandrasekhar

    Chanchal Chauhan

    Chirashree Das Gupta

    D.N.Jha

    Deepak Sanan

    Dhirendra K Jha

    Dinesh Abrol

    Dunu Roy

    Gargi Chakravartty

    Geeta Kapur

    Githa Hariharan

    Indira Arjun Dev

    Indira Chandrasekhar

    Irfan Habib

    Ishrat Alam

    Jayati Ghosh

    KM Shrimali

    Kausar Wizarat

    Kavita Singh

    Keval Arora

    Kumar Shahani

    Lata Singh

    Lima Kanungo

    MK Raina

    Madangopal Singh

    Madhu Prasad

    Madhushree Dutta

    Manini Chatterjee

    Maya Krishna Rao

    Mihir Bhattacharya

    MMP Singh

    Mohan Rao

    Mohd Abuzar

    Mukul Dube

    NK Sharma

    Nadeem Rizavi

    Nasir Tyabji

    Nikhil Kumar

    Nina Rao

    Pamela Philipose

    ParthivShah

    Prabhat Patnaik

    Prabhat Shukla

    Pradeep Saxena

    Prashant Mukherjee

    Praveen Jha

    Puneet Nicholas Yadav

    Radhika Menon

    Radhika Singha

    Rahul Roy

    Rajendra Sharma

    Rajinder Arora

    Rajni B Arora

    Rakhi Sehgal

    Ram Rahman

    Ramesh Dixit

    Ramesh Rawat

    Ranjani Mazumdar

    Rekha Awasthi

    Rimli Bhattacharya

    Roger Alexender

    Rohit Azad

    S K Pandey

    Sadiq Zafar 

    Shakti Kak

    Sharmila Samant

    Sherna Dastur

    Shireen Moosvi

    Sidhique Kappan

    Smita Gupta

    Sohail Hashmi

    Sudhanva Deshpande

    Sudhanva Deshpande

    Sudhir Chandra

    Sukumar Muralidharan

    Sumangala Damodaran

    Supriya Varma

    Svati Joshi

    Utsa Patnaik

    Valay Singh

    Vandana Rag

    Vanita Nayak

    Vijaya Venkatraman

    Vikas Rawal

    Vishwamohan Jha

    Vivan Sundaram

    Wajahat Habibullah

    Zoya Hasan


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