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“Hindus can worship in a mosque:” Justice DY Chandrachud during RJB case hearing

Justice DY Chandrachud yesterday commented in Supreme Court that Hindus can worship in a place where namaz is offered (mosque) as ‘worship in Hinduism ultimately reaches the same one power’.

This uninformed observation on Hindu Dharma was made when the 5-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising justices S.A. Bopde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer was hearing arguments by Senior advocate P N Mishra, appearing for ‘Akhil Bhartiya Sri Ram Janam Bhoomi Punarudhar Samiti’ in the 134-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi (RJB) case.

Previously, the bench had wondered “whether issues like birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem have been questioned and dealt with by any court in the world.”

Practising Hindus, including those well versed in law, opposed Justice Chandrachud’s views which do gross injustice to the equal importance of different spiritual paths in Hindu Dharma. For eg., many Hindus worship a deity in form of a murti in temples – for them, that murti is an essential element of their bhakti which cannot be dismissed just because the deity is a manifestation of Brahman (ultimate reality/cosmic bliss).

Many also wondered if Justice Chandrachud  had considered whether Hindus would be allowed to place a murti in a ‘place where namaz is offered’, or would that go against one of the fundamental tenets of Islam that ‘idol worship’ (as murti-puja is regarded by Abrahamic religions) is the highest expression of sin? Or could a Hindu sit and do sadhana (meditation) while Muslims around him prostrated for namaz?

Such distortion of core Hindu beliefs is not surprising in ‘modern’ Bharat, and particularly in the legal & judicial field, as J Sai Deepak reasons in this must-read article

“..of all Indian institutions, the Indian legal system’s approach and attitude to Indic thoughts, traditions and institutions, in fact to the Indic way of life itself, is that of a colonized mind with a penchant for ‘reform’, which is the politically correct term for a patronizing intervention to civilize the native, and which is clearly a never-ending exercise.”

Justice DY Chandrachud is somewhat of a hero for the left-liberals of Lutyens’ Delhi. “True liberal”, “hero”, “new cool”, “Judge of our times”, “red-hot & fierce”, “upholder of constitutional morality”, “foremost counter majoritarian” – these were some of the labels assigned to him after a string of judgements last year.

The Harvard-educated judge’s ignorance about fundamentals of Dharma (not surprising given the total aversion to Hindu Dharma in liberal, secular circles) should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed his previous judgements. This is what he said during the Sabarimala case – “A deity in a temple does not have any constitutional rights…Fundamental rights are meant for individuals not deities or idols.”

Justice DY Chandrachud is currently in line to become CJI for over 2 years starting from 9 November, 2022.

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