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Dissecting the Ayodhya Judgment

ANUPAM GUPTA
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 45, No. 50 (DECEMBER 11-17, 2010), pp. 33-37, 39-41
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25764212
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Dissecting the Ayodhya Judgment
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Abstract

Judged by the opinion of the two judges who constituted the real, as distinguished from the ostensible, majority of the three-member special full bench of the Allahabad High Court, the 30 September 2010 verdict in the Babri masjid title suits qualifies, in every sense, to be described as the judicial equivalent of the Ram janmabhoomi movement, which has had a highly "creative" character. Religious imagination and fervour have served to make up for a deficit of rationality, logic and historical evidence, with clerics turning into historians and judges becoming clerics. A close examination of the judgment shows much of it stands on flimsy legal grounds, and it would hardly be tenable if not supported by some very specious reasoning.

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