Ayodhya: Can a Dispute Reach Closure if it Still Causes Pain?

The dispute will linger until India learns coexistence from history.

Ayodhya: Can a Dispute Reach

Coexistence between social groups was a social reality and a primary tenet of Indian life, long before the word secular was included in its Constitution in 1976. Now that a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has delivered a “historic” judgement on the Babri Masjid dispute, there is a sense of disquiet. This is not just on account of the asymmetries and silences in the judgement that many writers have pointed out. It is because the court has ruled that the forces who brought down the Babri Masjid are entitled to the land on which it stood. The question remains whether there can be any real closure in a dispute if the pain it has caused continues to linger.

 

One thought on “Ayodhya: Can a Dispute Reach Closure if it Still Causes Pain?”

  1. “…closure in a dispute if the pain…continues”: This begs the question, pain for what? For a delusion over something not of this Earth but clearly ethereal? The cause of this “pain” is the self-inflicted wound from a shamelessly declared intention never to outgrow the magical thinking that belongs to the realm of psychiatric malady. Some find perverse pleasure in insanity.

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