Supreme Court of India rules on Ayodhya dispute: Siddiq v Das

In a guest post, Neil Addison comments on the end of a long-running interreligious dispute in India. 


The Supreme Court of India has given judgment in the case of M Siddiq (D) Thr Lrs v Mahant Suresh Das & Ors [2019] SCI Civil Appeal Nos 10866-10867 of 2010.

The judgment itself is 1045 pages long but, then again, it covers a dispute that stretches back centuries. The case centred around a dispute between the Hindu and Muslim communities of India, both of whom claimed ownership over a piece of land measuring 1500 square yards in the town of Ayodhya. The Hindu community claimed it as the birthplace of Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Muslim community claimed it as the site of the historic Babri Masjid built by the first Mughal Emperor, Babur, some time after 1526. Continue reading