One of the controversial events and disputes in India’s history, will be talked about once again on Saturday. The Supreme Court is all set to pronounce its verdict in Ayodhya’s Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute on Saturday. The news met with varied reactions, with the topic shooting to the top of the trends on Twitter. Scientist and author Anand Ranganathan expressed his excitement ahead of the pronouncment of the verdict. He quipped that even Halley’s Comet came once in 76 years, but this dispute has been going on for 134 years. Anand Ranganathan said it was a time to celebrate, for the fact that one billion Indians placed faith in five people, referring to the 5-judge bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who will pronounce the verdict.
Speaking on the Debate with Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, Anand Ranganathan exulted over the news. He said, “You broke the news and I must tell you, it has not sunk in yet. Even Halley’s Comet comes after 76 years. This is after 134 years. 134 years, can you imagine? So it’s going to be incredible. Let me tell you, many people are asking a lot of Indians to not celebrate. As far as I'm cconcerned, I am celebrating the fact and for a change, you have one billion Indians, who put faith in five people. If that is not to celebrate, I don’t know what is. India is going to write her history with the grammar of justice, not anarchy, and I'm proud of being an Indian. It’s a momentous occasion.”
As per reports, the Supreme Court will be pronounce the verdict at 10.30 AM on Saturday. The Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-headed 5-judge bench had heard the arguments over 40 days. The bench had reserved the verdict on October 16.
The land in Ayodhya has been under dispute since the mid-19th century, with Hindus claiming Lord Ram was born at the disputed place.The Babri Masjid, built by first Mughal Emperor Babar stood at the site since 1528 before it was demolished under controversial circumstances on December 6, 1992. Several petitions have been filed by both Hindu and Muslim organisations in this case over the years. The Allahabad Court in September 2010 had directed a three-way division of the disputed land between Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. However, this was stayed after the concerned parties approached the Supreme Court.