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Ayodhya verdict: Anand Mahindra appreciates 5 judges for 'extraordinary courage', Mohandas Pai pleased, Farhan Akhtar urges people to stay calm

Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in Mumbai to ensure law and order.

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​Mohandas Pai (top right), Anand Mahindra (centre right) and Farhan Akhtar (bottom right) were the first ones to tweet about the #AyodhyaVerdict.​
Mohandas Pai (top right), Anand Mahindra (centre right) and Farhan Akhtar (bottom right) were the first ones to tweet about the #AyodhyaVerdict.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday finally delivered its verdict on the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid suit. The apex court directed the Centre to form a Trust within three months to build a temple at the disputed site of 2.77 acre in Ayodhya.

In a unanimous judgement, a five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the Sunni Waqf Board, which was a party to the title suit, should be given an alternate land somewhere else to build a mosque.

To ensure law and order, Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in Mumbai, while security has been beefed up around the Jama Masjid area and parts of Old Delhi.

B-town celebrities, business leaders, renowned authors and other personalities urged the citizens of the country to remain calm and move on.

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra admired the five members - - Ranjan Gogoi, SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer - at the bench for their 'extraordinary courage' and their 'incredible application of mind'. About 12 hours before the hearing, the top boss had tweeted, hoping for a judgement that will make India a stronger and more united nation.


'The Sky Is Pink' actor Farhan Akhtar requested the countrymen to respect the verdict. "Our country needs to move on from this as one people," he added.


While Taapsee Pannu hailed the verdict, Nimrat Kaur said no better words could describe this landmark day.



Actor Vivek Oberoi, who played the lead in PM Narendra Modi's biopic this year, asked the nation to honour Mahatma Gandhi's by keeping peace and staying united.



Singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo requested everyone in Asansol to maintain peace. He said that this verdict wasn't victory or loss to anyone, and should be accepted with grace. "Ram Rajya is always referred to as a Raj where complete peace prevailed," he added.


In his tweet, Padma Shri Awardee and Former Infosys director TV Mohandas Pai said that SC did justice to 'India, its people, constitution and Hindus'. "The sword in heart of Indian civilisation has been removed," he exclaimed.


Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also took to Twitter to 'wholeheartedly' welcome the historic judgment. "This has brought joy and relief to people of both communities from a long-standing dispute," he wrote.


Film-maker Atul Kasbekar urged people to move on for the sake of the country.


Renowned writer Chetan Bhagat thanked SC for the verdict, and the Hindu community for their patience. He also appreciated the entire Muslim community for their grace and generosity. 'India remains intact,' he added. Minutes before the verdict, the author had also tweeted a positive message, which read, "...No God would want disruption of peace. Let's keep it that way."


While #AyodhyaVerdict was the top trend across the globe, other hashtags like #RamMandir, #BabriMasjid, #HinduMuslimBhaiBhai, #AyodhyaJudgement, #AyodhyaHearing and #AyodhyaCase continued to show up on the trending list.

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India's association with the Nobel Prize goes back, across centuries and latitudes. Poet, writer and thinker Rabindranth Tagore brought glory to the country when he became the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize for the country. The 52-year-old Tagore was accorded the honour in 1913, 12 years after it made its debut. Ever since, nine other laureates with an India connection have been conferred the prestigious award in various categories, Abhijit Banerjee being the latest. There were a few famous names who were nominated several times, but failed to bag the award. While Indian poet Sri Aurobindo was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1943 and 1950, the committee had considered Mahatma Gandhi for the Peace Prize five times in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 & 1948 (days before his assassination). Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel had drafted a will in 1895 where he reserved a large part of his estate to establish Nobel Prizes after concerns of how the world would remember him. He wanted the awards to be given to individuals (based on their achievements), annually, despite their nationality. He died in 1896. It took nearly five years for the committee to set up, and the first set of awards for Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry, Literature, Physics and Peace were awarded in 1901. After 67 years, Sweden's central bank with donation from donation from the Nobel Foundation, established the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1968. Here's a look at all the Indians who brought honour to the nation.
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