What next for Ayodhya
  • Tight security across Ayodhya with thin streams of fans visiting the city’s various temples
  • Sunni Central Waqf Board to appear on Nov 26Nov 26 to vote on whether or not to take the 5-acre land on an alternative site appeared on SC’s directions.
  • The traditional procession, Barawafat, carried out on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad in Ayodhya destroyed

NEW DELHI: Two days after the decision establishing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid argument in favour of the Hindus, Ayodhya lived calm amidst extremely tight security with thin crowds of devotees visiting the city’s various temples. Safe for the five judges who delivered the verdict has also improved.

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Meeting with NSA:

In Delhi, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval joined with Hindu and Muslim spiritual leaders to ensure that moral passions lived under check. According to a joint statement published after the meeting, “The leaders decided to honour the judgment of the Supreme Court and requested to all countrymen to live by it, indicating that national title overrides all other factors.”

Social media check:

Intelligence agencies while are keeping a watch on online media through software called ‘view analysis programme’ which will help them identify any radicalisation attempts made via the internet. The programme supports the police scan for compelling messages by filtering comments and posts on sites and chat rooms to identify hate information and users. Since Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police have arrested about 90 people in connection with their social media posts.

Mulling the offer:

The Sunni Central Waqf Board said that they would meet on Nov 26Nov 26 to decide on whether or not to accept the 5-acre land on an alternative site offered on the Supreme Court’s directions, instead of the 2.77-acre property where the Ram temple is to be built. The meeting was earlier scheduled for Nov 13Nov 13, with the board’s chairman Zufar Farooqui admitting that there were conflicting views within the community — with some saying that the Muslims should reject the offer of land. While the Waqf Board has announced that it won’t challenge the verdict, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) which had expressed dissatisfaction at the decision, will soon call a meeting of its members to decide whether to file a review petition or not.

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Cancelled celebrations:

The traditional procession, Barawafat, taken out on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad in Ayodhya, celebrated as Milad-un-Nabi, was called off on Sunday following the SC verdict — as a precautionary measure, according to local Muslims. Barawafast usually regards with much fanfare with Muslims organising ‘langar-e-Rasool’ (Feast of the Prophet) taking out a procession that moves through the major roads of the town.

Political gains:

As plans for the construction of a Ram temple are firmed up, the Supreme Court verdict may come in helpful for Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh who is up for re-election in 2022 — when the construction of the temple is supposed to be in full swing. The CM had visited Ayodhya 18 times in the past 2.5 years after getting over the reins of the state. It was he who also announced that Faizabad district would be known as Ayodhya.

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