CJP and several prominent Indians, from different walks of life, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court to intervene in the Ayodhya dispute case. Our contention is that this case should not be treated like some property dispute. Instead, the Supreme Court should take cognizance of the fact that religion cannot dictate the fate of what happens to this disputed piece of land. You too can join our campaign by signing our online petition below.
Join the Campaign for Peace in Ayodhya
Help us Reach 10 Lakh Signatures!Ayodhya means a place that cannot be won with war (or conflict). Yet our Ayodhya has been rife with a perpetrated dispute that has meant nothing but ‘othering’ and bloodshed. Awadh, too means a land where there is no dispute. Today, all Indians would want this precious cultural space to become a symbol, not of hatred and conflict, but of understanding, dialogue and mutual co-operation.
Close to three dozen Indians from across the country and from various walks of life, representing the vast voiceless millions who have been held hostage to the politics of ‘othering’, have intervened in the Supreme Court of India, with support fromCitizens for Justice and Peace, to pray that the Court restores to India and Ayodhya the precious Constitutional principles on which we were founded.. ...read more
From Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, Om Thanvi, RB Sreekumar, Anand Patwardhan (Ram Ke Naam), Ganesh Devy, Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, Anil Dharker, Ganesh Devy, Teesta Setalvad, Joy Sengupta, Cyrus Guzder, Ram Rahman, Sohail Hashmi, MK Raina , Dr. BT Lalitha Naik and John Dayal. Others include: Suman Mukhopadhyay, Kiran Nagarkar, Kumar Ketkar, Kalpana Kannabiran, KL Ashok, KP Sripala, AK Subbaiah, Suresh Bhatt Bakrabail, Prof G Haragopal, N. Babaiah, Tanaz Dara Mody, Muniza Khan, Tanveer Jafri and Dolphy D'souza.
Ayodhya for Peace and Harmony
It is time that responsible citizens intervene and make a powerful argument that the Court does not treat this as a property dispute. As even if it is it is a battle of unequals given that those who committed crimes in the past are now in positions of power, and the Court refer the matter to a Constitutional bench and treat it as an issue that has hit at the fundamentals of a secular democratic republic.
The Supreme under Article 142 has powers to ensure "doing complete justice" in any matter. Here we argue that Article 142 gives the SC to resolve a public dispute in any which way it chooses, even outside the purview of the two parties. And we propose to pray for the space where Babri Masjid once stood to be actually a neutral Constitutional space that signals a new harmonious beginning for India. And which says NO to the Politics of Violence.
No to Festering Hatred
The Babri Masjid dispute has been created by an onslaught on India's Constitutional space since (first the 1940s) and especially since 1983 when various organisations, acting in the name of politicised faith, made it into an all out campaign that resulted in the crime that was committed in full public view on December 6, 1992. Before and after that, targeted pogroms against India's largest minority, its Muslims, were launched and a reading of the Liberhans Committee report officially established the blood and gore that permeated India's public sphere, as the infamous Rath Yatra wound its way through India beginning with Somnath, Gujarat. Lives were lost, properties destroyed and worse, a public discourse of intense othering and hatred resulted.
Then came the High Court judgement of September 30, 2010 that stunned citizens further. It was a flawed verdict in every sense since a Court should never go into matters of faith. Now with a political dispensation commandeered by the very forces that were responsible for this campaign, ‘othering’, hate mongering and bloodletting in positions of Constitutional Governance, we believe that the voiceless Indian who has been kept out of the adjudication and held as hostile spectator in this perpetrated conflict needs to intervene.
Let India show the world that its precious legacy of mutual negotiation and cooperation is real and we are mature enough to move into the 21st century, drawing on each Indians strength not at war within.
Join our Campaign
Ayodhya means a place that cannot be won with war (or conflict). Yet our Ayodhya has been rife with a perpetrated dispute that has meant ‘othering’ and bloodshed. Awadh, too means a land where there is no dispute. Today, all Indians would want this precious cultural space to become symbol not of hatred and conflict, but understanding, dialogue and mutual co-operation.
Close to three dozen Indians from across the length and breadth of India, from various walks of life, representing the vast voiceless millions who have been held hostage to the politics of othering, supported by Citizens for Justice and Peace have intervened in the Supreme Court of India to pray that the Court restores to India and Ayodhya the precious Constitutional principles on which we were founded.
You can view the complete list of prominent people who are intervening in the petition here.
You can view our complete Supreme Court petition here.