Essay

Ayodhya: deceit and force

Print edition : April 28, 2017

Babri Masjid which was demolished in 1992. Photo: SUBIR ROY

L.K. Advani, who, along with A.B. Vajpayee, relentlessly pursued the stance of the BJP's 1989 Palampur resolution: that the construction of a temple replacing the Babri Masjid was a matter of faith. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Vajpayee, who said even before the Palampur resolution that the issue could not be solved by the courts and Muslims should be persuaded to give up their claim to the mosque. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

The record of court orders on the proposal for a temple where the Babri Masjid stood shows insidious attempts to sanctify the conversion of the mosque into a temple in 1949 and a flouting of a Supreme Court ruling that the rule of adverse possession applies in this case.
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