11 November 2019

11 Nov. NEWS : Congress not on board yet as Governor invites NCP to form govt in Maharashtra after rejecting Sena's request for 48 hours to form govt/Centre begins process of constituting Ayodhya Ram temple trust; Muslim personal board will decide on review of SC verdict on Nov.17

11 Nov. 2019: 13 Rabiul Awwal 1441: Vol: 12, No: 54
Maharashtra POLITICS 
Congress not on board yet as Governor invites NCP to form govt in Maharashtra after  rejecting Sena's request for 48 hours to form govt
Hours after rejecting Shiv Sena’s demand to extend the deadline to form government in Maharashtra, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari Monday called NCP to stake claim at the government. NCP leader Nawab Malik told ANI that the party will hold discussions with ally Congress and see how a stable govt can be provided to the state.Earlier, the Governor rejected the Shiv Sena’s request to extend the deadline to submit letters of support from the Congress and NCP to form the government. A statement from Raj Bhavan said, “A delegation of Shiv Sena leaders met the Governor and expressed willingness to form the government. However, they could not submit the requisite letters of support. Further, they submitted a letter requesting for three days of extension of the deadline for submitting the letters of support. The Governor expressed his inability to give any further extension.”Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, who met the Governor, said their demand for extending the deadline by 48 hours was rejected but their claim to form government still stands. “We had sought 48 hours extension but Governor rejected it. But, we have staked the claim for government formation and that is still there. The claim hasn’t been rejected,” Aaditya told reporters after the meeting.Meanwhile, Congress said that it will hold further discussions with ally NCP on the political situation in Maharashtra on Tuesday. Earlier on Sunday, NCP had agreed to come together with the Sena on the condition that the latter cut ties with BJP, quit NDA and evolve a common minimum programme. indianexpress
 Governor rejected Shiv Sena's request for 48 hours to form government, says Aaditya Thackeray
NCP Gets Maharashtra Invite As Congress Sits On Support To Sena
Not morally right for me to continue in Modi Cabinet: Arvind Sawant
New Delhi:Amid talks that Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena may take support of the Congress and NCP to form the government in Maharashtra, Sena leader and Union Heavy Industries Minister Arvind Sawant resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Monday.Addressing the media in the national capital, Sawant said, “BJP went back from their pre-election promises. It would not have been morally right for me to continue in the Centre, so I have resigned as Union minister.”“On May 21, I had taken oath as Cabinet minister in the Modi government. The elections in Maharashtra were held on the basis of an alliance with BJP. Prior to the polls, the two parties had agreed for a ’50-50′ formula over the post of chief minister. However, BJP later changed their words. In such an atmosphere, it is not morally right for me to continue. This is why I submitted my resignation to PM Modi today,” he added. Sawant, who was Sena’s lone minister in Modi Cabinet, tweeted: “Shiv Sena’s stand is of truth. Why should I stay in an atmosphere of falsehood in Delhi? I am resigning as Union minister and will speak at a press conference in Delhi.”indianexpress
Centre begins process of constituting Ayodhya Ram temple trust, officials tasked to study SC order
New Delhi: The Centre has started the process of setting up a trust, as mandated by the Supreme Court in its Babri Masjid verdict, with a team of officers examining the order threadbare, officials said on Monday.Opinions of the Ministry of Law and the attorney general will be taken on how to proceed on setting up the trust that will fix the modalities for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.A team of officials have been tasked with studying the apex court order threadbare for its technicality and nuances so that the trust can be constituted exactly as per the Supreme Court verdict, an official said, adding consultation process is underway, but no decision has been taken so far.However, it was not immediately clear whether the Ministry of Home Affairs or the Ministry of Culture will be the nodal body for Ayodhya Ram temple trust, another official said.PTI
Home, finance ministries to take first steps after Ayodhya order: Sources
No scope for Kashi,Mathura: In Ayodhya verdict, SC stresses on ‘non-retrogression' to bar more disputes
New Delhi:The Ayodhya judgment by the Supreme Court also encompassed a message against attempts to alter the religious nature of a place of worship and about “non-retrogression” as it noted that “historical wrongs cannot be remedied by the people taking the law in their own hands.”Following the Ayodhya verdict in favour of a Ram temple, as a section tries to rake up the issue of similar movements elsewhere in the country, particularly in Kashi and Mathura, where 2 disputed mosques stand, the apex court has underscored the ambit of the Places of Worship Act, 1991, and also set aside the Allahabad High Court’s view that all kinds of religious disputes could be raised in a court of law. 5-judge bench of the Supreme Court held HC Judge DV Sharma’s views as contrary to the scheme of the law and erroneous, while maintaining that it was not open to rake up all kinds of disputes, pertaining to religious nature of a place of worship, at any time.CNN-News18
Ayodhya: Muslim personal board will decide on review of SC verdict on November 17
The counsel for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Monday said the decision on whether to seek a review of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute or file a curative petition will be taken on November 17, PTI reported.“The decision whether to seek review of the verdict will be taken on Nov.17 in the meeting of the AIMPLB,” Zafaryab Jilani, the lawyer for the Muslim group, told PTI.Jilani is also the secretary of the AIMPLB and had fought the case in the Allahabad High Court and in the Supreme Court.On Saturday, Jilani had said the verdict “neither provided equity nor justice” and that they might consider filing a review plea after deliberating on the matter. He had added that from an initial reading of the judgment, there were many contradictions and apparent errors.On Sunday, Sunni Central Waqf Board chairperson Zufar Farooqui said the decision on whether to accept the five acres offered for a mosque in lieu of the disputed site in Ayodhya will be taken on November 26. Farooqui, however, maintained that the board welcomed the judgement and had no plans to challenge it.scroll
Ex-NCM chief Wajahat Habibullah says Ayodhya verdict 'deeply flawed', favours review
Terming the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict "deeply flawed", former National Commission for Minorities chief Wajahat Habibullah on Monday favoured a review of the judgment, saying that it could have legal implications in the future.Habibullah, who was also India's first chief information commissioner,said the Supreme Court ruling tries to address the concerns of the two communities. "I feel that the verdict is deeply flawed. I would not call the verdict constructive, but it is not a destructive verdict either. In the sense that it tries to address the concerns of the two major communities," he told PTI."It has held for example that the destruction of the mosque was illegal... and that is very important. They also recognised that the Hindus also have a stake, though the nature of the stake, I would disagree with," said Habibullah, who was CIC from 2005-2010 and later was the NCM chief. Sources in the prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind have said it was not in favour of filing a review petition and wants the matter to end.PTI
Day after temple verdict, NSA Doval talks to Hindu, Muslim leaders on strengthening harmony: ET
New Delhi:A day after the Supreme court announced the Ayodhya verdict, NSA Ajit Doval met Hindu and Muslim religious leaders at his house. The participants said they favoured more dialogue between the communities.Shia cleric Kalbe Jawwad was among the first to speak at the gathering that had around 18 representatives from Hindu religious and social organisations, and 12 from Muslim bodies. While Jawwad stressed on the importance of maintaining unity even in the future, Hindu leaders spoke about the need to see the judgement "as an end to a conflict of many years, and not as anyone's victory or defeat,"ET has learnt.Swami Chidanand said the judgement should bring the two communities closer. "Verdict came, and there was no conflict. Some were hurt but everyone is relieved. The meeting, according to those in know of the matter, was planned earlier, in anticipation of the verdict. Members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board were also invited for the dialogue but they had declined the invitation.Responding to the invite, the general secretary of the AIMPLB, Wali Rahmani, in a letter said that he was not averse to talks, but that "Maintaining sadbhavna(communal harmony) is not the responsibility of the Muslims alone."Declining the invite, Rahmani wrote, "At a time, when the government is pushing for amendments to the citizenship act that is discriminatory towards Muslims, I do not think I should participate in the meeting."At least three Muslim leaders present in the meeting talked about how the community had accepted the Supreme court verdict and was moving on. They talked about the extensive measures taken by mosques to include the message of peace in their daily prayers for the last month.Maulana Ahmed Khan Dariyabadi of the All India Ulema Council raised the issue of how statements made around the National Register of Citizens and amendments to Citizenship Act have spread anxieties among Muslims. He also said the society at large needs to stop people who provoke Muslims with social media posts about the future of mosques in other cities.Dariyabadi, along with Navaid Hamid, president, All India Muslim Majlis-e- Mushawrat also raised the need for a body such as the National Integration Council, started by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru that existed during UPA time to focus on Hindu-Muslim unity and promoting a syncretic culture in villages and cities. NIC is defunct now."It was proposed that such a body can be formed or revived, particularly in smaller towns so that there is a constant dialogue between Hindus and Muslims," a participant said. VHP leaders Alok Kumar and Surendra Jain, ET has learnt, talked about how the judgement was meant to strengthen ties between all communities in the country. "Just like the Berlin Wall fell, the wall of hatred has to go," Jain said.Among the Hindu gurus, Avdheshanand Giri of the Juna akhara, Swami Parmatmanand, Chinna Ramanuja Jeeyar, Shruti Siddhanand, Nirmalanand, Swami Ramdev, Deshikendra Mahaswami of Suttur Mutt took part in the meeting that lasted for two hours, with every participant speaking for three minutes at least. Representatives from Raza academy, Anjuman-i-Islam, dargah Nizamuddin Auliya, Jamat-e-Islami Hind and others, were the other participants.economictimes
Hindu,Muslim religious leaders repose full faith in rule of law,resolve to honor SC verdict on Ayodhya:ANI
Justice Ganguly on Ayodhya verdict: As a student of Constitution, it’s difficult for me to accept it
A retired Supreme Court Judge, Asok Kumar Ganguly, on Saturday,said Babri Masjid judgment had created a doubt in his mind and said that he was very disturbed. He also stated that, “Most people are not going to say these things this clearly,” reported Telegraph. “Minorities have seen for generations that there was a masjid there. It was demolished. On top of that, a temple is being built, according to the judgment of the Supreme Court. This has raised a doubt in my mind…. As a student of the Constitution, it is a little difficult for me to accept it,” said Justice Ganguly, aged 72.Ganguly also highlighted how Supreme Court’s judgment had said that when namaz is offered at a place, the belief of the worshipper that it is a mosque cannot be challenged.“Even if not in 1856-57, but definitely since 1949, namaz was offered there, that is in evidence. So, when our Constitution came into being, namaz was being offered there. A place where namaz is offered, if that place is recognised as a masjid, then the minority community has the right to defend its freedom of religion — a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution,” Ganguly said.“Then what does a Muslim see today? That there stood a mosque, for so many years, which has been demolished. Now the court is allowing a building to come up on that site, on an alleged finding that the land belonged to Ram Lalla. Will the Supreme Court decide on land ownership from centuries ago? Will the Supreme Court forget that there was a masjid there for so long, which was there when the Constitution arrived?,” former SC Judge said.“And with the Constitution and its provisions, it is the Supreme Court’s responsibility to protect it.”On being asked what he would consider a fair decision, he said, “Either of the two. Either I would have directed the mosque to be rebuilt in that area. Or if it is disputed, that area, then I would have said ‘No mosque, no temple in that area’ . You can build a hospital or a school, or anything like that, or a college. Build a mosque or a temple in different areas. That cannot be given to the Hindus. It is a claim by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad or the Bajrang Dal.They can tear down any mosque — anything — today, then. They were receiving support from the government; now they are receiving the support of the judiciary also. I am very disturbed. Most people are not going to say these things this clearly,” he said. nationalheraldindia
‘I stand vindicated, moment of fulfilment for me’: Advani on Ayodhya verdict
New Delhi :BJP veteran LK Advani, a key architect of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya title suit, saying he stood vindicated and it was a moment of fulfilment for him.“I stand vindicated, and feel deeply blessed, that the Supreme Court has given its unanimous verdict paving the way for the construction of a magnificent temple for Lord Ram at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya,” Advani, who is facing trial in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case, said.indianexpress
Certain premises of Ayodhya verdict questionable: CPI(M)
The Left parties said certain premises of the Ayodhya judgment of the Supreme Court are questionable. The parties urged that there should be no provocative acts using the judgment, which will disrupt communal harmony. Polit Bureau of CPI(M) said by this order, the five-member Constitution bench of the Supreme Court has sought to end the dispute, which has been “utilised by the communal forces” and resulted in large-scale violence and loss of lives. thehindubusinessline
Disappointed with Ayodhya case verdict: Ram Ke Naam director Anand Patwardhan
Noted documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, who made the award-winning documentary Ram Ke Naam, has said he is deeply "disappointed" with the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya case.The apex court on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, while directing the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque."I am deeply disappointed and shocked at the Supreme Court's judgment," Patwardhan, who visited Ayodhya in October 1990 during the making of Ram Ke Naam, told PTI.The documentary explored the campaign waged to build a Ram temple at the site of the Babri mosque and the violence that it triggered."The Babri mosque was a declared national monument. It did not belong only to Muslims but to all Indians," Patwardhan claimed." Political leaders who engineered its destruction never went to jail. Instead, they have now been rewarded. Secular India will recover from this only by painstakingly rebuilding the value system that our freedom fighters had bequeathed us," he said.PTI
SC Verdict in Ayodhya Land Dispute 'Unjust':Mahmood Madani
New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani on Sunday expressed "strong disagreement" with the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya case and claimed the ruling has shaken the faith of the minorities in the judiciary.He also said the ruling was "unjust" and in "utter disregard" of truth and evidence.Mahmood Madani's statement came a day after Jamiat president Maulana Arshad Madani said the verdict was not according to the organisation's expectations but asserted that the apex court ruling was "supreme".Mahmood Madani, in a statement, expressed "strong disagreement" with the SC verdict and said the five judges of the apex court, despite admitting that the placing of idols and the destruction of the Babri mosque were serious violations of the rule of law, gave the land to "those who had committed such crimes"."This is clear discrimination against the particular community which was not expected on part of the court. The judgment has shaken the faith of the minorities in the judiciary as they believe that they have been wronged," he said. Madani said when the country got freedom and the Constitution came into being, there was Babri mosque on the site."People had seen for generations that there was a masjid there and namaz was being offered there. In this case, it is the Supreme Court's responsibility to protect the rights of Muslims, their freedom of worship and freedom of religion guaranteed in the Constitution,"he said.That right includes their right to worship in Babri mosque, he said.PTI
'Unhappy, but resigned': Ayodhya judgment is not 'justice', say Mumbai Sunni leaders; scholars say can't trust a court which favours 'faith over merit'
Unhappy but resigned. That was the mood of three well-known Sunni leaders and Islamic scholars in Mumbai, after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Ayodhya case. The highest court had let them down, they felt."The Supreme Court is after all the Supreme Court. It is expected to look at issues on merits alone," said Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, head of Mumbai's Markazul Ma'arif Education and Research Centre, which teaches madarsa graduates English and communication technology. "But this judgment — which I have read in full — seems to have taken faith as the basis of their decision."The Maulana pointed out that the court had said that the Muslim side could not prove its right to the land unequivocally, but it had also dismissed the Nirmohi Akhara's suit, and rejected the Asthan Sri Ram Janmabhoomi as a legal entity. "Then it goes on to recognise Ram Lalla and gives permission for the construction of the temple!""This is not justice," the Maulana said and added, "This is some sort of arbitration, an attempt to cool down the atmosphere by recognising majority sentiments. Well, the Supreme Court has the authority, and they've done it. But both, as an ordinary Indian citizen and a Muslim scholar, I'm not happy."For Maulana Shoaib Koti, member of the Dar-ul-Qaza run by the Iqra Foundation, the alarming aspect of the judgment was its devaluation of what had always been considered important in a property dispute, viz documents. "We had all the documents necessary to back up our claims, which the Hindu side didn't. Yet, our claim was rejected. In the future, what will be the value of documents?" he asked.firstpost
Ayodhya verdict ‘a blow’ to rule of law: SC lawyer Kaleeswaram Raj
The conciliatory approach seen in the Supreme Court judgment in Ayodhya case reflects the transformation of the country into a majoritarian far-Right polity and hence does not do justice to the tenets of the Constitution, senior Supreme Court lawyer Kaleeswaram Raj said on Sunday.“We have grown into a majoritarian far-Right polity which does not agree with the constitutional ideology. Therefore, the present judgment has come as a big blow to the constitutional principles, including the rule of law and secularism,” Raj told The Telegraph.Raj said at the outset that the word of the highest court of the land was final and everyone must accept it and no one should do anything to disturb peace. But, he added, this judgment had dealt with such an important issue that it would continue to be discussed for a long time.“The basic irony of the Ayodhya judgment is that it tries to honour the actions which the court found illegal and unlawful,” Raj said, referring to how the five-judge bench unequivocally indicted the Babri Masjid demolition and yet awarded the land to build a temple. telegraphindia
BJP to organise more meets with senior Muslim leaders
 BJP brass has decided to organise meetings with Muslim community leaders to thank them for helping maintain peace and harmony after the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict.Senior BJP leaders and ministers have been asked to reach out to the community leaders, a senior party member said. Likewise, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath is also likely to meet the Muslim community leaders.After the verdict, BJP and RSS are sending out a message of taking everyone along. This was clear from PM Modi’s speech on Saturday when he urged both the Ram and Rahim bhakts to strengthen the spirit of rashtra bhakti. A similar tone was maintained by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who said that for him everyone was an Indian first. The confidence-building exercise began in August when Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Syed Arshad Madani visited Keshav Kunj in national capital to meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.The second such meeting took place on November 5 at minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s residence, which was attended by Jamiat general secretary Mahmood Madani, filmmaker Muzaffar Ali and others. Similar efforts would continue at the party level, especially when it has government in over 15 states across the country, BJP sources said.economictimes
No procession on Prophet's birth anniversary this year in Ayodhya: Muslim leaders
Ayodhya: Bara Rabiul Awwal processions, traditionally taken out on Prophet Muhammad's birth anniversary Milad-un-Nabi, were cancelled in Ayodhya on Sunday, some local Muslim leaders said.The decision was taken as a "precaution" and also due to "some sadness" among Muslims in the wake of the Supreme Court's Saturday verdict, negating Muslims' claim over the disputed Babri Masjid land.The Ayodhya adminstration, however, maintained that processions were taken out, though they might have been scaled down. The community leaders, who vouched for the cancellation of processions in Ayodhya on Sunday, included prominent Muslim cleric Mufti Shamsul Qamar Qadri, also the imam of Ayodhya's main mosque."This year, we have taken out no procession on the occasion of Bara Rabiul Awwal. There are two reasons behind this. The first one is to maintain peace (in city).It was done as a precautionary measure,"Qadri, Faizabad's Qazi-e-Shahar, told."Secondly, (it was) to express our sorrow after the SC judgement. In all, 50-55 processions used to be taken out in the city. No procession was taken out today. We celebrated Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi at our respective mosques," added Qadri, also the designated Imam-o-Khatib of city's Jama Masjid Tatsah.PTI
Ayodhya verdict: Protest in JNU, ABVP opposes it with slogans
New Delhi :Almost 100 students of JNU Saturday held a protest on campus against the Supreme Court verdict. This was countered by 30 activists of the ABVP, who shouted slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Mandir Wahin Banayenge’ at the campus. They also lit and arranged diyas to spell Jai Shri Ram.The protest was organised by some individual students, with major student organisations and JNU Students’ Union distancing itself from it. However, leading activists of groups such as Fraternity and YFDA, and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association were present. A few students from outside the campus, including from Jamia Millia Islamia, were also present.As Afreen Fatima, JNUSU councillor from Fraternity, addressed the crowd and said “it was not about the land, it was about our faith”, the ABVP started shouting slogans, moving right next to the protest site. Among the slogans raised was ‘Ek hi naara, ek hi naam. Jai Shri Ram’.indianexpress
If Babri Masjid illegal, why Advani being tried:Owaisi
Hyderabad:If Babri Masjid was illegal, then why Advani is being tried for its demolition and if it was legal then why Advani is getting the land, asked AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi.The Hyderabad MP wondered how a person who demolished somebody's house can get the same house.Addressing a public meeting in Hyderabad on the eve of Milad-un-Nabi, Owaisi found fault with the Supreme Court judgment in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case and reiterated that 'Supreme Court is supreme but not infallible'."If a person demolishes your house and if you go to an arbitrator and he gives your house to the person who demolished it and tells you that you will be given an alternate land at some other place, how'd you feel," he asked.Owaisi said that his basic question is that why Advani and others who demolished Babri Masjid were being tried if the mosque was illegal. "If Babri Masjid was legal, then how can Advani get the land," he asked while reacting to the Supreme Court giving the land for construction of the Ram temple.Owaisi slammed those criticising him for not accepting the judgment, saying he has a democratic right to oppose it. The MP alleged that Muslims were insulted by offering them five acres of alternate land."Babri Masjid is our legal right. We were not fighting for the land. We don't want anything in charity. Don't treat us like beggars. We are respected citizens of this country," he said.Owaisi said fighting the Babri Masjid case was important as the BJP and Sangh Pariwar have a list of several such mosques. "These organisations are saying they don't have any list. If this is true, then why are they not withdrawing cases for Kashi and Mathura mosques," he asked.IANS
90 Arrested and Action Taken Against Thousands of Social Media Posts a Day After Ayodhya Verdict
New Delhi: Nearly 90 people have been arrested and action taken against over 8,000 social media posts as authorities maintained a tight vigil in the temple town and elsewhere in the country in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, while Hindu and Muslim religious leaders exhorted people to maintain communal harmony after a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Sunday.There has been no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the country, officials said, adding home minister Amit Shah has telephoned several chief ministers over the last two days to ensure peace in run up to and after the Supreme Court judgement in the Babri Masjid land dispute caseSince Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police has arrested 77 people, including 40 on Sunday, for allegedly trying to vitiate the atmosphere through social media posts, according to a police statement. Action has been taken against 8,275 posts including 4,563 posts on Sunday, it said, adding these had been posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.PTI
AMU students express dissatisfaction over verdict
 A day after the apex court pronounced its verdict in Babri Masjid dispute, students of AMU expressed their dissatisfaction over it, claiming that Muslim community’s viewpoint has not been understood.In a statement released on Sunday, the students said they welcome the verdict, but it was against their expectations and that they are not satisfied with it.“We believe the Muslim viewpoint has not been properly understood, and justice has not been delivered as expected,” said former students’ union president Salman Imtiaz. He added the students failed to understand why the court, while agreeing that Muslims were wrongly deprived of a 450-year-old mosque, gave the verdict in favour of the other party. The existence of the masjid from 1528 until 1857 is itself historical proof that this was a Muslim place of worship.Former vice-president of the students’ union, Hamza Sufyan, said, “As the Constitution gives us the right to freedom of expression, I’d like to say we all welcome the verdict, but we’re not satisfied with it. We stand with All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) who fought the case with a true heart, as well as their decision to file a review petition. I’d also like to remind the government that while the title suit has been decided, the people who took law in their own hands to demolish the masjid are yet to be punished.”TOI
Dalit Leader Thirumavalavan Only Non-Minority MP To Question Ayodhya Verdict
Hyderabad:As responses poured in after the Supreme Court pronounced the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid judgement, Thol Thirumavalavan, a Dalit MP from of Tamil Nadu, broke ranks with many other mainstream politicians to express his disappointment at the decision. MP, who was elected from Chidambaram constituency in Tamil Nadu for the second time in May this year, wrote on his party’s letterhead, “The faith in Supreme Court is shattered”.Liberation Panthers party (Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi) leader further wrote in support of the review petition which All India Personal Law Board had planned to file but then decided against it. He wrote, “The SC verdict…is terribly shocking. It is very essential to stay calm until justice is done duly in the review petition to be filed”. Casting doubt over the SC judgment, Thirumavalavan observed that the verdict by the five member bench “does not reveal the name of the judge who authored the judgment on behalf of the bench”. The statement further read, “The omission of the name of the authored judge leads to the doubt that even the judges did not believe in the genuineness of this verdict”.huffingtonpost
Not satisfied with Ayodhya verdict: Jamaat-e-Islami
Kolkata: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has said it respects the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, but was dissatisfied over the fact that the apex court gave the disputed plot of land to Ramlala. The organisation pointed out that SC had clearly ruled that no temple had been demolished at the time of the construction of Babri Masjid and Namaaz used to be regularly held there. Even then, giving the plot away to Ramlala was not expected as it is in violation of the law.Urging Muslims of the country to respect the law, the Jamaat stated, “A large number of Hindu brothers have been with us at the time of Babri Masjid debacle. “Hence,we feel it is our duty to show maturity in the steps that we take henceforth.” Jamaat further pointed out that a number of facts presented in the verdict by the Supreme Court strengthen the rule of law in the country.thestatesman
SC Chose Faith Over Law: Jurist Faizan Mustafa
In the Babri Masjid title suit, the Supreme Court seems to have weighed religious beliefs of a section over the rule-of-law, observed Faizan Mustafa, a senior law professor and jurist of constitutional law.Speaking to HuffPost India shortly after the judgment was pronounced, Mustafa, who is also the Vice Chancellor of Nalsar University of Law-Hyderabad, said, “It can be said that the ruling in favour of Ram Lalla was passed on the basis of an inconclusive ASI report”. The court indulged in “reparation” when it ruled to allot five acres of land to the Muslim parties, which is almost double the size of the original disputed land, Mustafa observed. However, “The judgment upholds a majoritarian point of view”, Mustafa said.   huffingtonpost

Ayodhya verdict prefers faith over law to accommodate majoritarianism:Indian Americans
Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has expressed dismay at Indian Supreme Court’s ruling that a Hindu temple be built on a site where the Babri Mosque stood for five centuries until Hindu extremists razed it 27 years ago.Calling the judgement a mixture of glaring contradictions, IAMC has urged Indian Muslims to pursue legal avenues such as filing of a review petition before the Court. The Supreme Court’s ruling emboldens the decades old project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu extremist RS) — whose thousands of members had criminally razed the mosque in 1992 and who were yet to be punished for it — to make India a Hindu Rashtra (nation) and turn India’s 200 million Muslims, who are its largest minority, into second-class citizens, says the Council.“The Supreme Court’s ruling is of a piece with the Modi government’s revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, and the decision to incarcerate half a million Muslims in detention centers in the state of Assam,” said IAMC National President Ahsan Khan.caravandaily
We Are Not Satisfied With SC Verdict on Ayodhya But Respect it: Muslim Groups
Centre working on Uniform Civil Code: Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda
Mangaluru: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda said necessary steps are being take to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country.Sadananda Gowda, who was on his way to Mumbai from Mangalore International Airport, said UCC is needed for the country, and that the Union government is trying to implement it. Responding to when this would materialise, Gowda said, “The government is in talks to reach a consensus on the issue.” Though he did not divulge any further details, he did confirm that the UCC would become a reality.After the Ayodhya verdict on Saturday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the time has come to implement the UCC. Calling the Ayodhya verdict ‘landmark’ and ‘historic’, Gowda said the apex court had made the right judgment, which has “boosted the morale of people and brought communities together.”The UCC has been on the BJP’s agenda for some time now, but has been a subject of great debate, as it would mean bringing all communities under the gambit of just one law.newindianexpress
After Art 370, Ram temple, is Uniform Code next?
Time has come, says Rajnath, for Uniform Civil Code: freepressjournal
Dehradun: Time has come, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday when asked about Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country on a day when the Supreme Court delivered landmark judgement in the Babri Masjid case.“Aa gaya samay (Time has come),” he told reporters here when asked about UCC.The Delhi High Court on Monday will hear a bunch of petitions seeking implementation of UCC. A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Harishankar will hear the matter on Nov.15. UCC would put in place a set of laws to govern the personal matters of the citizen irrespective of their religion.freepressjournal
'Time Has Come,' Says Rajnath Singh On Uniform Civil Code After Ayodhya Verdict
Srinagar Media Facilitation Centre: Now, Freelancers, Web Journalists Not Allowed
Srinagar: In the latest on Srinagar’s media facilitation centre – where journalists have been using the internet to file stories after standing in line for hours at a time – it appears that a new rule has been instated which bars freelancers and those who work for other web portals from using the centre’s services.The step has been condemned by various journalists who have said this is yet another tactic to not allow scribes in the Valley to work. Journalists from across Kashmir, because of the communication clampdown, have been forced to travel to Srinagar or send across pen drives with other people headed in that direction.One reporter, among several who had similar complaints, who works for a weekly magazine, said he was stopped from using the centre’s services when he reached on Sunday to update file an update.“I was told to not come daily since I work with a weekly magazine. This is harassment,” he said, asking to remain anonymous.Another reporter, Aakash Hassan, who works for News18 said that he had been stopped when he said that he worked for an online portal.thewire
Rattled Pak pushes more artillery, SG commandos close to LoC months after Article 370 abrogation:indiatoday
New Delhi:Pakistan Army has been slowly enhancing its firepower by moving its artillery close LoC. It has also marginally increased the number of troops deployed at the LoC months after the abrogation of provisions under Article 370 that gave a special status to J&K, according to an analysis done by the Indian Army.With over 2,000 troops of Special Service Group (SSG) and special operations wing at LoC, Pakistani Army's numbers are more than that of the Indian Army's Special Forces deployed close to the Line of Control."The analysis calls out bogey that Pakistan has been trying to create of Kashmir being turned into a military garrison with nine lakh Indian troops," sources said.According to analysis, Pakistan has a deployment of close to 90,000 troops close to the LoC."The difference is not much but don't forget that the Indian Army has to carry out counter-terrorists and counter-infiltration attempts from Pakistan also, which leads to numbers going up. It's not just dominating LoC,"an official said. Total deployment of the Indian Army and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) along LoC and hinterland is up to 250,000 with additional forces deployed in mainland Kashmir since August 5 for public order and counter-terror operations.indiatoday
HRD Minister stuck inside auditorium for over 6 hours as JNU students protest
Union HRD Minister Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ was stuck inside the AICTE auditorium here for over 6 hours today as protests by JNU students escalated, forcing him to cancel two events later in the day.. Pokhriyal, along with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, had gone to All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to attend JNU’s third convocation. While Mr. Naidu left the premises before the protest escalated, Mr. Pokhriyal had to stay inside.“He is inside. But the situation has been handled. Minister has spoken to JNUSU president and assured their demands will be addressed,” a senior HRD Ministry official had said.PTI
Tribunal confirms 5-year ban on LTTE
The five-year ban imposed by the Centre on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been confirmed by a tribunal set up by the government to examine whether the prohibitions on the terror organisation should continue.According to sources in the Delhi High Court, the tribunal headed by Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal confirmed the ban on LTTE on November 7 and the confirmation order has been sent to the government, in a sealed cover, for notification.The tribunal arrived at its decision after hearing all stakeholders, including MDMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko, who is a LTTE sympathiser.PTI
President Kovind, PM Modi extend wishes on the occasion of Eid-E-Milad-Un-Nabi
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday extended his wishes to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Eid-E-Milad-Un-Nabi, which marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.Taking to micoblogging site Twitter, President Kovind extended "good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad." He further said that Prophet Muhammad's message of universal brotherhood and compassion "inspires us to work for well being of all."Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also conveyed his wishes to the nation on Milad-Un-Nabi, which celebrates the birth of the Prophet and said that Prophet Mohammad preached love, peace, compassion, universal brotherhood and empathy. He showed humanity the path of righteousness and virtue.zeenews
Cyclone Bulbul claims over 20 lives in India and Bangladesh, displaces thousands in both nations
Cyclone Bulbul, which made landfall on Sunday, has claimed over 20 lives, injured many and displaced thousands, India Today reported on Monday. The cyclonic storm has killed 10 people in West Bengal, two in its neighbouring state Odisha, and 8 in Bangladesh. The cyclone, which moved towards Bangladesh early on Sunday, weakened considerably after affecting 4.6 lakh people and damaging 60,000 houses, according to The Times of India. Unidentified officials claimed that the toll may rise further.scroll
Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan sets 80 immigration counters for visa-free visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib
 Kartarpur corridor which would be taking Indian Sikh pilgrims to their holy shrine, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, where the first Sikh Guru Guru Nanak Dev spent last 18 years of his life, has been opened now. To provide hassle-free and fast clearance to pilgrims, Pakistan has formed 80 immigration counters. As per the MoU signed between India and Pakistan, Sikh pilgrims won’t require a visa to visit Pakistan, despite conflicts over Kashmir. Over 5,000 pilgrims would be allowed to visit Pakistan’s Gurdwara Darbar Sahib every day, read the agreement signed between India and Pakistan last week. Reports said Pakistan has built 3 entry gates and 1 for exit from Kartarpur’s Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.newsx

Former chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan passes away at 86
TN Seshan,former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, passed away on Sunday at the age of 86. He was the 10th CEC who held office from December 12, 1990 to December 11, 1996. The saddening news was shared by former Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi on micro-blogging site Twitter.In his tweet, Quraishi said it is sad to announce that former CEC TN Seshan passed away a short while ago. He was a true legend and a guiding force for all his successors. May his soul reat peace.newsx
PM Modi appreciates Jamia University's contribution in strengthening nation's unity
New Delhi:Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) has made a "momentous contribution" in strengthening the country's unity and its socio-cultural fabric during the freedom movement said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.In a message on the occasion of the university's annual convocation, held recently, PM also said that the sound academic and cultural grounding of the students and the alumni of the institution will help the nation attain greater heights of excellence."Our youth must excel in innovation and research and leverage technology for the benefit of the common man", he said adding "the 21st century will belong to knowledge-rich societies and nations".Describing the Convocation ceremony as "memorable occasion" for students he said it marks the beginning of their evolution into professional experts in their respective fields. PM congratulated the entire academic fraternity of JMI--teachers, students, alumni and all the people who have been associated with the university.JMI Vice-Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar thanked the Prime Minister.India Today
Industrial output contracts 4.3% in Sept, falls for second month in a row
Industrial output contracted 4.3% in Sept.compared to the same month last year, government data showed on Monday. This is the second consecutive month that the index has contracted. In August, industrial output had contracted 1.1% and was the worst performance in six years. It had grown 4.6% in July, and 4.8% in September 2018. The output of eight core sectors of the Indian industry – coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity – declined by 5.2% in Sept., data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry last month showed. These eight core sectors had expanded by 4.3% in the corresponding month last year. The ei8ght sectors have 40.27% of the weight of all sectors that figure in monthly Index of Industrial Production data.
Manmohan Singh nominated to parliamentary standing committee on finance
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has nominated former prime minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh to the parliamentary standing committee on finance in place of party colleague Digvijaya Singh.Digvijaya Singh has now been nominated to the parliamentary standing committee on urban development by the chairman of the Upper House, according to a Rajya Sabha bulletin.PTI
 227th Birth Anniversary of Tipu Sultan celebrated
Srirangapatna: Despite Karnataka government shelving celebration of Tipu Jayanthi in the State, former Minister, MLA and Hazrath Tipu Sultan Shaheed Wakf Estate Chairman Tanveer Sait paid tributes to the tomb of Tipu Sultan, at Gumbaz in Historic town Srirangapatna in Mandya District of Karnataka to mark the 227th birth anniversary of erstwhile Mysore ruler, on Sunday.The BJP government headed by Chief Minister B SYediyurappa, after coming to power took a decision not to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi due to demand from various quarters, including by MLA K G Bopiah.UNI
BJP criticises Urdu academy award picks
Hyderabad: Telangana BJP minorities cell has found fault with the selection of people for Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Makhdoom Award, and lifetime achievement award to be presented on Monday marking the birth anniversary of Maulana Azad. BJP minorities cell leaders Firasat Ali Baqri and Mir Hadi Ali said though there are several people from Urdu literary world who had contributed to the language, Telangana State Urdu Academy has selected little known faces.timesofindia
UN admits brutal killing of Egypt's Morsi after months of silence
After months of silence over Egypt's first freely elected President Mohammed Morsi's killing, a UN report said that Egyptian regime arbitrarily killed him, underscoring its grave human rights violations.Although this UN report has significance to an extent, or at least has documented this arbitrary killing, it is strange that similar calls made by Egyptians while Morsi was alive were neglected. Currently, thousands of people are in prisons while many others are in custody with no state record. Morsi spent "23 hours in a day in solitary confinement with no access to necessary medical checks despite high blood pressure, diabetes and ophthalmic problems," the report said. This is how the Egyptian regime killed Morsi in a gradual and painful way. Morsi died on July 17. While he was alive, several rights groups called on Western powers to increase pressure on the Egyptian regime concerning human rights violations, but the Western countries, including US, ignored the calls and neglected one of the worst cases of collective punishment in recent history. Finally, after Morsi's death, a United Nations expert said in a statement that the Egyptian regime had arbitrarily killed him.UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, based on its experts' report, said on Friday: "The prison regime in Egypt may have directly led to the death of former President Mohammed Morsi, and may be placing the health and lives of thousands more prisoners at severe risk." The statement quoted the experts as saying "Dr. Morsi was held in conditions that can only be described as brutal, particularly during his five-year detention in the Tora prison complex." The experts concluded that his death "after enduring those conditions could amount to a state-sanctioned arbitrary killing."dailysabah
Palestinian says he was tortured before Israeli police shot him
West Bank:Ayoung Palestinian man who was shot in the back by Israeli forces in an incident caught on video last year says the footage shows just a small part of what was a horrifying day for him. Speaking after the video emerged last week, Karam Qawasmi said he was run over by a military jeep, then beaten for several hours before troops released him, only to shoot him in the back with a painful sponge-tipped bullet as he walked away. He said Israeli investigators have never contacted him."I died several times that day," he said in an interview at his home in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.AP
Gambia files Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar at UN court
Gambia has filed a case at the United Nations' top court accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against the Rohingya minority.Lawyers for The Gambia said in a statement on Monday that the case also asks the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately".The Gambia filed the case on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.Myanmar's military unleashed a brutal campaign against the Rohingya in August 2017 in response to attacks by an armed group. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what has been called an ethnic cleansing campaign involving mass rapes, killings and burning of their homes.The head of a UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned last month that "there is a serious risk of genocide recurring". aljazeera
8 dead in blast in Turkish-held Syrian town
8 people were killed when a bomb exploded on Sunday in an area of northeast Syria controlled by Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies.Turkey's defence ministry said the bombing, which it blamed on Kurdish fighters, took place southeast of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, which Turkey captured in a military offensive last month."Eight civilians lost their lives and more than 20 were wounded in an attack by a booby-trapped vehicle," it said in a statement.The village of Suluk, where Sunday's explosion took place, is about 10km south of the border. A small truck exploded outside a bakery there, an emergency worker told Reuters. aljazeera
Houthi rebels will have role in Yemen's future:UAE
Yemen's rebels will have a role in their country's future, a minister of UAE has said, voicing optimism that a recent peace deal between govt and southern separatists could lead to a wider political solution to years of war.The comments on Sunday were the latest conciliatory move in the long-running Yemen conflict after the Iran-aligned Houthis offered in September to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia.Anwar Gargash, minister of state for foreign affairs in UAE - a key member in the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government against the Houthi rebels - urged all sides to maintain momentum for a political resolution."Such an agreement must take account of the legitimate aspirations of all parts of Yemeni society. That includes the Houthis," Gargash said at a political conference in Abu Dhabi.aljazeera
Tunisia's Ennahdha party to name parliament speaker
Tunisia's Ennahdha party will nominate its leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, as the speaker of the new Parliament, a party member said."The party has decided to nominate Rached Ghannouchi as parliament speaker," Abdulkarim Harouni, head of party's advisory body, told a news conference in Tunis. He said the council has reiterated the party's right to appoint the new prime minister.The announcement came a few days after two sources within Ennahdha said the party may choose a candidate from outside its ranks to head the government. It previously decided one of its leaders should be prime minister because of the electoral mandate. But that was not accepted by potential partners: Attayar with 22 seats, Achaab's Movement with 16 seats, and current Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's Tahya Tounes party with 14.Only the conservative Karama coalition, with 21 seats, agreed.aljazeera
Iraq protesters insist on system overhaul after US call for vote
For weeks, protesters in Baghdad and a host of southern Iraqi cities have been relentlessly taking to the streets to demand the departure of the country's ruling elite and an overhaul of the political system that was established in the wake of 2003 US-led invasion.Driven by anger over official corruption, high unemployment and poor public services, the protesters have dismissed government pledges to enact limited economic reforms, pressing instead for the removal of entire political class.aljazeera
Flash: NEWS, views and  Articles
Ayodhya Dispute: Was Public Peace Privileged Over Justice?M.K. Venu
Ayodhya judgment is a setback to evidence law: Faizan Mustafa, Aymen Mohammed
This Is Not Closure – It's a New Beginning for the Forces of Hindutva:Sidharth Bhatia
Ayodhya Verdict is Based on a Strange Feat of Logic:Markandey Katju
Now That Title Suit Is Resolved, Can We Talk About Babri Masjid Demolition Case?Mahtab Alam
Ayodhya verdict & Babri demolition confirmed status of Muslims as second-class citizens:Zainab Sikander
Ayodhya verdict: How international media covered the most anticipated judgment
It’s time to move on; Muslim side should not take 5-acre plot :Professor  Mohammad Sajjad, AMU
Ayodhya verdict opens door for claims based on community identity, construction of faith: Suhas Palshikar
No more pro-India voices in the Valley:Amit Baruah
Urdu press: Razing illegal, then why this?telegraphindia
Ayodhya verdict: On Muslim parties’ claim, SC quoted ’15 Justice Nazeer order
Babri Masjid demolition case: CBI produces half a dozen witnesses:Raghav Ohri
SC Verdict: What if Ram temple was demolished in 1992 instead of Babri Masjid? Abhay Kumar
The Ayodhya Judgment in India’s Enveloping Darkness:Harsh Mander
A Massive Irony in Supreme Court’s Ayodhya Verdict Harks Back to an Offer Made to Muslims in 1980s:Harbans Mukhia
Ayodhya verdict: How the scales tilted in favour of temple parties:Apurva Vishwanath
Muslims of India May Have Accepted Ayodhya Verdict, But Will a Five-acre Land Make Them Happy?Afsar Ahmad
Demonetisation and the Art of Tackling India's Black Economy:Arun Kumar
Ayodhya verdict nudges us to look back at how much we have lost over years of conflict: Salman Khurshid
With Supreme Court Ruling on Ayodhya, Modi’s Hindu-first Agenda Barrels Forward:Reuters
Land to Govt, Prayers at ASI-listed Mosques: Mediation Panel's Final Settlement Report That Got Rejected by SC
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