Essay

Impossible agenda

Print edition : June 27, 2014

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with National Conference founder Sheikh Abdullah, an undated photograph. Protracted negotiations between them led to the institutionalisation of the State's relationship with the Union as laid out in the Instrument of Accession of 1947 and to the emergence of Article 370. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

December 6, 1992: The Babri Masjid being demolished. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

All India Muslim Personal Board functionaries releasing the Model Nikah-Nama in Bhopal in May 2005. Whereas the real issue is reform of an un-Islamic Muslim Personal Law, imposed by the British on the basis of texts of dubious quality, the Sangh Parivar's campaign is driven by the specious objective of depriving a community of its right to a distinct cultural identity. Photo: A.M. Faruqui

The BJP’s long-running pledges for the abrogation of Article 370, for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and for a uniform civil code are constitutionally impossible to fulfil, politically divisive and morally outrageous.
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