Ayodhya Verdict Reactions: International Media Pulls No Punches


While most of Indian Twitter, media and political analysts stayed cautious about articulating the political implications of the Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court of India, the New York Times pulled no punches. Though the homepage of their website had no mention of Babri or Ayodhya when this article was published, the NYT did publish a piece on one of its inside pages titled Court Backs Hindus on Ayodhya, Handing Modi Victory in His Bid to Remake India”.

That the Supreme Court’s verdict will be trumpeted as a political victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scored through commitment to the Hindu ‘cause’, is not a difficult deduction to make.

The piece begins by stating: “India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hindus on Saturday in a decades-old dispute over a holy site contested by Muslims, handing the prime minister and his followers a major victory in their quest to remake the country as Hindu and shift it further from its secular foundation.

The piece also mentions that senior government officials reportedly reached out to journalists to ‘promise’ no more mosques will be destroyed and “they, too, wanted to move on and focus on building the nation”.


NYT piece on Ayodhya

The Ayodhya news was not on the homepage of The Washington Post website either. However, like NYT, their article on Ayodhya pointed out how the verdict fulfilled “a long-cherished goal of Hindu nationalists”. It also pointed out that the building of the Ram Mandir was a “key objective of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party”. The piece is titled:“India’s Supreme Court clears way for a Hindu temple at country’s most disputed religious site”.

In the context of the verdict, the piece sought to remind its readers what the Narendra Modi government and the BJP’s political objective has been in the past few years: “Modi won reelection in a landslide in May and has moved swiftly to implement his agenda. To Modi and his party, India is fundamentally a Hindu nation, not...

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