The Ram Janambhoomi issue has been festering for so long. It is again before the Supreme Court (SC ) for hearing and let’s hope the matter is settled amicably this time. Even if it boils down to a plot of land in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh it is an extremely emotional issue for both the communities. The site is regarded among Hindus as the birthplace of Lord Rama also historically locates Babri Mosque. Now whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create the mosque is a question.
This whole issue actually started as a matter of faith. The Hindus claimed that the land on which the Babri mosque was built in 1528 was actually the ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ (birthplace of the god-king Rama). But, Mir Baqi, one of Mughal king Babur’s generals, is said to have destroyed a pre-existing temple of Rama and built a mosque called Babri Masjid (Babur’s mosque) at the site.
The early petitions like the one in 1885 filed by the the head of the Nirmohi Akhara only asked for permission to offer prayers to Ram Lalla inside what was known as the Babri Masjid.
Even then permission was not given and in 1886, district Judge of Faizabad court FEA Chamier gave his verdict and said, “It is most unfortunate that a masjid should have been built on land specially held sacred by the Hindus, but as that event occurred 356 years ago, it is too late now to remedy the grievance.”
IN 1949 idols were put inside the areas and in the same year civil suits were filedIn 1950, a local resident Gopal Singh Visharad filed a complaint in the civil courts requesting permission to offer prayers in the mosque where the idols were installed.
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But later it was turned into a political issue with Vishwa Hindu Parishad asserting that the Babri Masjid must be demolished by the VHPkarsevaks. And it was demanded that a Ram Temple constructed in its place. The issue has been resurrected from time to time and in 2004 terrorists try to break the wall and six get arrested.
The matter is sub juice and Supreme court has again come up with the idea of settling it amicably, the Hindus are saying that Ram mandir must be build on that site, whereas the Muslim leaders are against any talks and amicable settlement. They are raking up the issue by saying that talks on this issue were not possible.