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Can Places of Worship Act be a deterrent to future Mandir-Masjid disputes?

No law can prove a deterrent in the absence of institutions and capacity to enforce it, say experts. There is also a concern that any govt may repeal it as Parliament can't be prevented from doing so

Arup Roychoudhury  |  New Delhi 

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) landmark Ayodhya judgment, some members of the fringe right affiliated to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have revived the slogan ‘Kashi Mathura Baaki Hain’.

Behind all this is the hope that the SC ruling will set a precedent for structures the Hindutva movement talked of targeting at the peak of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Babri Masjid, of course, was the top priority for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), but the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other similar ...

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First Published: Wed, November 20 2019. 16:28 IST
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