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    ... One is at a loss to understand why the Supreme Court took up for hearing appeals in the highly-charged Babri Masjid case. In truth, neither side is keen on a judicial intervention, whatever they may say in public. The BJP said so when it raised the issue in its Palampur Resolution of June 11, 1989: “It just cannot be sorted out by a court of law. A court of law can settle issues of title, trespass, possession etc. But it just cannot adjudicate as to whether Babar did actually invade Ayodhya, destroy a temple and build a mosque in its place. .. The sentiments of the people must be respected and Ram Janmabhoomi handed over to the Hindus — if possible through a negotiated settlement, or else by legislation. Litigation certainly is no answer”. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 8, 2017, 1 a.m.

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    ...Uddhav Thackeray demanded on October 22, “They (the BJP) should first announce that this country is a Hindu rashtra and impose the uniform civil code”. This is the nub of the matter: Obliterate Muslim identity. There is absolutely no case for enacting a uniform civil code. But there is an unanswerable case for abolition of the un-Islamic triple talaq. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech, at Mahoba in UP on October 24, professing profuse and unprecedented concern for “my Muslim sisters”, impressed none; UP goes to polls early in 2017. For over half a century, the BJP, and the Jan Sangh before it, made the code a vital part of their election manifesto. In 1989, it was one of the three conditions that qualified its support to the National Front government. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 15, 2016, 12:04 a.m.

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    ...Uddhav Thackeray demanded on October 22, “They (the BJP) should first announce that this country is a Hindu rashtra and impose the uniform civil code”. This is the nub of the matter: Obliterate Muslim identity. There is absolutely no case for enacting a uniform civil code. But there is an unanswerable case for abolition of the un-Islamic triple talaq. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech, at Mahoba in UP on October 24, professing profuse and unprecedented concern for “my Muslim sisters”, impressed none; UP goes to polls early in 2017. For over half a century, the BJP, and the Jan Sangh before it, made the code a vital part of their election manifesto. In 1989, it was one of the three conditions that qualified its support to the National Front government. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 15, 2016, 12:04 a.m.

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    ... One hopes that, before long, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will overrule the judgment delivered on May 13 by Justice Dipak Misra of the Supreme Court on behalf of himself and Justice Prafulla K. Pant.They held that Sections 499 and 500 of the Penal Code 1896, which make defamation a criminal offence, are constitutionally valid as also Section 199(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code which was inserted in 1955, to empower the state to prosecute for defamation before a sessions court, without recourse to a magistrate, if any “public servant” feels defamed, be he minister, civil servant or clerk.The judgment reeks of bad law, bad logic and an illiberal approach.The bench knew of an earlier judgment by Justice B.P. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 3, 2016, 12:28 a.m.