It's a judgement that the whole of India was watching. For most of us, the concern was about the repercussions rather than what the Allahabad High Court bench had decided. It's an issue that has been a point for dispute for over a century now, and however optimistic we may be, there will always be the lingering doubt whether we have actually reached a final, amicable resolution.
For those of you who are unaware of the history behind the dispute, this article from Livemint.com would be a good start. Today's judgement throws up a mix of reactions. Is the formula arrived at a hasty compromise rather than a long-term solution? Obviously, the courts have deliberated over this case long enough; the 8500-page judgement being adequate proof.
Will splitting the disputed land ensure peace for one and all? Doesn't it reinforce the divisions that exist between the two communities? From a land that prides itself on its secular traditions and unity in diversity, was this the only way out? Can't all communities come together and build a multi-religious centre of worship, or a museum that celebrates India's diverse culture? Is our secularism best left for the constitution, for speeches on Independence and Republic days, and our textbooks?
The whole country has been praying for peace. But is our notion of peace an absence of violence, or one of goodwill and harmony?
As will be the case with all posts on this forum, your thoughts are always welcome.