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Ayodhya : A Solomonic verdict, but not quite closure

The Supreme Court bench made a series of interesting observations before it delivered its verdict. It held the installation of idols in 1949 inside the former Babri Masjid was illegal. It held the 1992 demolition unlawful. Yet it granted the disputed site to the Hindu community to build a temple on the disputed 2.77 acres of debris-strewn land. Now factor this with the 67 acres acquired by the Uttar Pradesh government around the hitherto disputed site. Clearly, the path has been cleared for the building of a grand temple and a theme park dedicated to further deifying Lord Ram.

The unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court bench has been generally applauded by most otherwise argumentative Indians as an act of reconciliation and even an instance of Solomonic wisdom. But several top Muslim leaders expressed unhappiness with the court’s experiment with Solomonism. They say they defer to it, but aren’t happy. Asaduddin Owaisi pithily said: “The Supreme Court is supreme, but is not infallible.”

Although King Solomon used the share-the-baby test to determine the identity of the biological mother, Solomonic judgments are generally understood as compromise judgments that reject the winner-take-all approach that characterises most modern common law adjudications. But sometimes Solomonic judgments may prioritise pleasing and displeasing the litigating parties in varying degrees over deciding disputes in strict accordance with the relevant law. Clearly, the Supreme Court preferred Solomonism over law. It may have sewn up the wound, but the scar will remain. It will be in our history books.

All through the 164 years of torturous transit through our courts, Muslims didn’t agree to share even the chabutara with Hindus as part of a grand compromise. They wanted all, and all they got was five acres of land at some other place in Ayodhya. Even if a mosque is built there, I don’t think it will be called the Babri Masjid. There can be little denying that like Shahi Idgah at Mathura or Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi, the Babri Masjid was a symbol of Muslim rule. That moment in history is long gone. But does destruction of age-old buildings and monuments reverse history? Realising this, L.K. Advani, who led the last charge on the Babri Masjid, called it an “ocular distortion”. Even the allegedly more liberal Atal Behari Vajpayee called it a “kalank”. That is now gone. But our history has been writ and imprinted on our minds. But that is not the history we must be worried about. A new history is being written. Lord Ram has now legally metamorphosed from an article of faith to a legal entity. The judgment allots the site to the infant Ram Lalla Virajman. It must be clarified that Ram Lalla Virajman is not a living person, but a notion.

Mr Advani is still the popular villain of the liberal set because he set off on his Rath Yatra wanting a Ram Mandir built in Ayodhya. But that demand was a much older one. The British first allowed Hindus to offer worship at the mosque in 1857, soon after the events that year to restore Bahadur Shah Zafar as truly the emperor. One Abhirama Das first placed the idols inside the mosque premises in December 1949. It is also pertinent to mention that Faizabad’s then DM, K.K.K. Nayar, ICS, did not have the idols removed despite being explicitly ordered by the chief secretary, Bhagwan Sahay, ICS, and IGP B.N. Lahiri. Mr Nayar was rewarded for his exertions by getting elected as the Jan Sangh MP from nearby Bahraich. Let’s also not forget that it was in Rajiv Gandhi’s time that the court-ordered lock on the purported “Janmabhoomi” was broken, at Arun Nehru’s behest, with the Congress even performing “shilanyas”. There is no dispute that the claim has been a historical one, and even in 1947 an attempt was made to seize the property. The problem was allowed to fester because it suited all parties. It was inflamed by intemperate language by both sides to the dispute.

I recall Syed Shahabuddin once demanding proof that Ram ever existed. Shahabuddin a former IFS officer who served as India’s ambassador to Algeria, was Prime Minister Vajpayee’s handpicked choice for an educated Muslim face in politics. But he just became the English-speaking face of Muslim bigotry. It was against this backdrop that the BJP upped the ante and conceived of the Rath Yatra. It was the brainchild of Pramod Mahajan, Narendra Modi and M. Venkaiah Naidu, all blue-eyed boys of Mr Advani then. The “rath” itself was a garish and stupid-looking contraption slung over a DCM Toyota truck. I rode with Mr Advani on the “rath” from Indore to Ratlam. It was a horribly uncomfortable journey. A truck chassis is not optimised for comfort but to take a load, besides the road was pockmarked. Mr Advani showing me the Western-style toilet provided by his chelas and commented that he defied anyone to sit on it when the rath was moving. But the rath was carrying the burden of history, and all along people thronged to greet Mr Advani astride it. It took the BJP from two Lok Sabha seats in 1984 to 85 in 1989. There was no looking back for the RSS from then. But when Lalu Prasad Yadav, then Bihar’s chief minister, stopped the tamasha in Samastipur and arrested Mr Advani, he rightly said: “DCM Toyota tha, koi uran khatola nahi!”

But the rath has not stopped rolling. The avatar from Mathura now beckons for recognition. Why should the Shiva worshippers settle for less? Rulers such as Aurangazeb, the last great Mughal, and even democratically-elected Indira Gandhi who tried to impose their beliefs and will by being authoritarian were felled by regional uprisings and popular rejection. This then is the great lesson of history. India can only be governed and kept together by the persuasive use of authority and not by the imposition of will. The elected government can govern not just with the support of a majority in Parliament but by also catering to the aspirations and demands of the many groups of the colorful mosaic that India is. We also have a tradition where some nationalities enslaved others. Just as India is a nation of diverse people, it is a nation of diverse victimisations. What the founding fathers sought to enshrine in our Constitution is to ensure that the march of victimisation is halted once and for all. Solomonic judgments don’t help in that.

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Easy steps to link Aadhaar-PAN before 1July2017 !! 

Individuals having PAN will have to link it to their existing 12-digit biometric Aadhaar number from July 1

Come July 1, the Modi-government’s measures to track tax evasion through multiple PAN cards will come into effect. It is now mandatory for you to link your existing Aadhaar numbers with PAN to be able to file your income-tax (I-T) returns.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, through an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance Bill for 2017-18, had made linking Aadhaar mandatory for filing I-T returns.

The revenue department has said “every person who has been allotted PAN as on July 1, 2017, and who in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 139AA is required to intimate his Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to the principal director-general of income tax (systems), or DGIT (systems)”.

It’s mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN. Here’s why.

1. Individuals with PAN will have to link it to their existing 12-digit biometric Aadhaar numbers from July 1

2. While applying for permanent account number (PAN), Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment ID will have to be mandatorily quoted.

3. Linking of Aadhaar and PAN must for filing of income-tax returns (ITR) 

Linking of your Aadhaar with your PAN is no longer a cumbersome exercise. You can do it by just an SMS. Your mobile number and e-mail id will help you receive alerts related to your Aadhaar and to access Aadhaar services easily. The Income Tax Department earlier this month issued advertisements and described how both the unique identity numbers of an individual can be linked by sending an SMS to either 567678 or 56161.

Here is how you can use the SMS facility to link Aadhaar with PAN

Send SMS to 567678 or 56161 in following format:

UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><Space><10 digit PAN>



People can also visit the official e-filing website of the department to link the two identities, in both the cases– identical names in the two databases or in case where there is a minor mismatch.

Linking the two numbers is the key to “seamlessly avail online, a world of income tax facilities”, the I-T department said.

“Aadhaar can also be seeded into PAN database by quoting Aadhaar in PAN application form for new PAN allotment or by quoting Aadhaar in change request form used for reprint of PAN card,” it said in the advertisement.

How to link your Aadhaar to PAN online:

1. Log on to (This step is not compulsory. You can directly jump to Step 2, if you do not wish to log in)

2. Click on ‘Link Aadhaar‘ 

3. A pop up window will appear. Enter your Aadhaar number, PAN number and name as per Aadhaar 

4. Enter captcha and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’. 


In case of any minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP (one-time password) will be required. The OTP will be sent on the registered mobile number in the Aadhaar database.

While Aadhaar is issued by the UIDAI to a resident of India, PAN is a ten-digit alphanumeric number issued in the form of a laminated card by the I-T department to any person, firm or entity.

As many as 2.07 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN. There are over 25 crore PAN card holders in the country while Aadhaar has been issued to 115 crore people.

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US suspends premium H1B visas from April

The US government has temporarily suspended issuing premium H1B visas with effect from April 3, 2017. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) notification, however, said the pending applications for premium H1B visas and the ones filed before April 3 will be processed. This suspension may last up to 6 months.

“The temporary suspension applies to all H1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. Since FY18 cap-subject H1B petitions cannot be filed before April 3, 2017, this suspension will apply to all petitions filed for the FY18 H-1B regular cap and master’s advanced degree cap exemption,” noted in the USCIS ruling.


Indian IT services firms send loads of their employees to work on projects on-site with H1B visa and a large chunk of those applications are applied in the premium category because of shortage of time for certain works.

While US President Trump had called for tougher immigration laws for technology companies, and had threatened to impose taxes on companies that moved work offshore, in his first State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress last week, he proposed for having a merit-based immigration system like Canada, Australia and other nations.

Even though all non-immigrant (H1B) premium visa applications, the US government will allow expedition of regular application on condition of emergency situations, humanitarian reasons or severe financial loss to a company or person.

“While premium processing is suspended, petitioners may submit a request to expedite an H-1B petition if they meet the criteria on the Expedite Criteria webpage. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet at least one of the expedite criteria, and we encourage petitioners to submit documentary evidence to support their expedite request,” noted USCIS.

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