The issue of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya is one which is polarizing and intriguing. For decades, members of the Indian population, be it Hindu or Muslim, have argued about what should be done with this holy land. Aside from being an issue whose resolution has been long awaited, it is also one which is used as a pawn for politicians and political parties.
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Upon their re-election into parliament during the 2019 general election (Lok Sabha), the Bhartiya Janta Party, and their eccentric leader, Narendra Modi, promised in their manifesto, that resolving the issue of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was one of the most pressing issues which they needed to deal with. They assured the population that this issue would be looked after, and considering the people behind the decision, few people weren’t privy to the fact that this would somehow lead to the destruction of the Babri Masjid.
What is the Ayodhya Issue?
This dispute stems from the simple fact that two of the major religions of India, Hinduism and Islam both stake a claim to this land, considering it holy and special. Going further to claim that to stake a claim to this land is imperative to people belonging to that culture in the nation. In essence, the Hindu’s claim that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama, one of the most widely worshiped deities in Hindu mythology. This is supported by numerous religious texts and things of that nature. Hindus believe that to have a Muslim place of worship in Rama’s birthplace is sacrilege.
On the other hand, is the Islam perspective on this issue. It’s well documented, and well known that Babur was the first Mughal emperor to invade India, and thus, he was the purveyor of the Mughal Empire in this part of the world. His impact on the history of this nation is utterly undeniable. Additionally, Ayodhya presently is home to the Babri Masjid, which was a monument erected in the honor of Babur. The issue is, both religions wish to claim the exact land on which the Babri Masjid stands today, Islam to retain the mosque, and Hindus in order to create the Ram Mandir. After a violent protest, wherein radicals attempted to destroy the Babri Masjid in 1992, the case was taken to court, and the case remained unsolved until 2019.
What was decided for Ayodhya?
On the 9th of November 2019, this ages old issue was finally resolved. The Supreme Court ruled outright that the land in Ayodhya would be handed off to a trust, in order to finally construct the Ram Mandir. However, Muslims would be compensated by being awarded 5 acres of land elsewhere, in order to reconstruct the Babri Masjid. Irrespective of whether you think this is a fair ruling or not, I think everyone can agree that it’s a good thing that this issue has finally been put to rest. After almost 30 years of discussion, argument, and conjecture, this issue is one we can put behind us as a society.