L E T T E R S    T O    T H E    E D I T O R

Response to Ayodhya verdict is laudable

On the historic verdict given by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute the editorial “Thank God for sobriety: A ‘compromise’ verdict, but so be it” (Oct 2) rightly opined that it is a matter of much relief that it has evoked a response that is sober and mature. This reflects the disgust of people at large, especially the youth, with divisive and violence-triggering politics. In that respect, this is truly a welcome development.

Yet, whatever the way forward now, it will involve compromise and agreement. If the local Hindus can retain the possession of the Garbha Griha — the epicentre of the dispute — there should be no objections to giving a share of the property to the Muslim community to either build a mosque or for any other purpose of its choosing. An open offer by the Hindu religious leadership to the Muslim community to bury the hatchet and come to an out-of-court settlement would be a gesture of magnanimity, which is bound to be welcomed by a large section of the minority.

Secular India needs to move on and not be held hostage to grievances, real or imaginary, from the distant past. A great deal of the responsibility lies with political parties and religious groups to maintain harmony in the face of fundamentalist forces seeking to disturb the peace by raising communal issues.

The verdict is a step away from religious fundamentalism and deserves applause. It becomes not only the duty of the two major communities but all political parties and the media to maintain peace. Here it is worth mentioning that instead of maintaining peace and communal harmony, a section of the electronic media acting as super judges is fanning the fire through long and fiery debates. Indeed, it is time people stopped succumbing to such divisive issues, thereby strengthening the fabric of national unity.   

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh


The Ayodhya verdict is a victory of India’s secularism, unity in diversity and democratic rights of its citizens. The judgement of the High Court reflects their sagacity.

Equally important are the people of India who respected the verdict and avoided any sectarian violence. The verdict and its acceptance laid down a prudent example to the countries in the neighbourhood and to the rest of the world of India’s unity and its belief in harmony particularly when the Commonwealth Games are being held in the Capital.

This verdict also demands responsibile conduct from politicians, heads of religious bodies and the media. All of us must promote peace for the sake of sovereignty of India and repose our faith in the socio-economic development of the country.

Dr SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia


The symbolism of the Ayodhya verdict is not just timely and powerful; it also sends out a message that for too long gullible voters have succumbed to the divisive issues of caste and religion. The new generation does not want to be tied down by the bitter past. They rather wish to move on and improve their material conditions and facilities.

The judgment is also significant in the sense that in the present global conditions, where Indian progress is under sharp focus of major powers, any negative impact will surely pull us back by many years.

Youngsters realise that the issues of faith will polarise society and thereby hamper their individual and collective growth. The court has shown us the way of handling mutual and ticklish issues and evolve a compromise settlement. Let us shed our politico-religious ego and think and work with a national perspective.



The verdict is a realisation that Hindus and Muslims have to live with each other and it has tried to be even-handed, based on facts and belief. There is no feeling of the victor or vanquished emanating from this judgement. If it is upheld by the Supreme Court, it can pave the way for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.



The Ayodhya verdict looks more like a religious verdict rather than a judicial one. Judgements ought to be based on facts. How is it possible that all three judges reached different conclusions based on the same facts?

I salute the aam aadmi who has matured immensely since the Babri Masjid demolition and has shown the real face of humanity. The media too has understood its responsibility.



The judges have done a fairly good job. No court verdict, howsoever, fair can satisfy all the parties involved. Prima facie, this one appears to satisfy most shades of opinion. Let us not nurse grudges and impede the nation’s progress. It will be best for the contending parties to bury the past and accept the court verdict with grace. In any case, the portals of the apex court are always open to the citizens of this country.


Tackle corruption first

The editorial, “Tackling poverty: India must step up efforts” (Sept 30) was informative. It is heartening that world leaders took stock of the achievements targeted under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs have been impeded in India by the “siphoning off of social sector funds”.

Perhaps, its is because of corruption that India’s track record on most of the targets, be it health, gender equality, poverty, hunger or environment sustainability, is far from satisfactory.

The editorial rightly advises that we need to pay more attention to states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. If India has to emerge as a global power, it must step up its efforts.

India should initiate a mass movement to root out corruption from society and politics. This movement should be given top priority. Only then will there be an improvement in all fields of life. Poverty, hunger and unemployment, which are major hindrances in the path of development, will automatically get removed.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |