The idea of mediation in the Babri masjid case is inherently flawed – By AG Noorani
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi, on Friday ordered mediation in the Babri masjid case.… The judges suggested an amicable resolution while telling the parties that they were seriously “giving a chance for mediation” in an attempt to “heal relationships”. This is a laudable sentiment. But how have past mediations fared? Have they succeeded in resolving disputes like this?
The idea of mediation in the Babri masjid case is inherently flawed. The Supreme Court has deployed a flawed tool and put it in the hands of people, one of whom is Sri Sri Ravishankar, who has already made his position clear on the matter. I don’t think we can really call him an independent mediator.…
The criminal proceedings on this issue have dragged on for a quarter of a century. The charges have been framed and the case has been committed to the sessions court, which means that two judges have found that a prima facie case exists.…
- Outside the court – Editorial (Mar 9, 2019, Indian Express)
- Ayodhya case: It may fail, but mediation should be given a chance – Editorial (Mar 9, 2019, Hindustan Times)
- A slim chance – By Faizan Mustafa (Mar 9, 2019, Indian Express)
- Ayodhya is not just about temples and mosques. It is about the very basis of constitutionalism – By Sruthisagar Yamunan (Mar 10, 2019, Scroll.in)