Verdict gets thumbs up from City elite

It is fair to all, wise and upholds the rule of law, they say

They hoped the verdict would help in finding a lasting solution to the dispute and strengthening the country’s secular traditions. They called upon citizens to respect the court verdict, not indulge in any violent acts and ensure peace and harmony.

Mayor S K Nataraj appreciated the verdict which upheld the interest of both the communities. “We welcome the Ayodhya decision. The verdict has kept the sensitivity of the matter and has given equal importance to all parties in question,” he added.

Spirit upheld

Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prabhu Dev said: “The verdict is neither a defeat nor victory for any group. It has clearly upheld the spirit of the nation, further boosting communal harmony.” The verdict is the “wisest one” in recent times, he added.

Endorsing such opinions, Vice-Chancellor of National Law School of India University (NLSIU) R Venkata Rao said the judgment was fair as well as equitable. “I am proud of the Indian judiciary. It has proved to the world that India upholds the rule of law. The secular credentials have been reaffirmed once again,” he added.

Vice chairman of MindTree Subroto Bagchi urged the people to maintain harmony. “Let law take its own course. In the mean time, it is extremely important to maintain harmony.”

Sharing the view, Ashwin Mahesh, professor of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, said: “It is important that both communities stay united until the crisis gets resolved completely.”

Jnanpith award awardee Prof U R Ananthamurthy hopes that a temple and a mosque comes up on the disputed site. “People from both the communities can have a place to worship in the same area. However, Hindus should regret that they have pulled down a mosque, as it cannot be justified,” says Murthy.

Sigh of relief

Leading Bangaloreans heaved a sigh of relief over the judgement, one of the most eagerly awaited in recent times.

“The judges have understood the pulse of the nation. We have moved on since 1992 and the country is not in a position to bear another riot. We are able to handle the decision in a matured manner," says prominent artist C F John.

However, popular actor and writer Girish Karnad notes that he has been disappointed with the judgement. “The judgement is an absurdity. Our judges decided to solve political problems rather than solving technical problems. The parties have not gone to the court for this solution. It was like a political solution. It is not judiciary’s problem to think about communal tension,” says Girish Karnad.   

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