The Supreme Court order that the status quo be maintained was violated when the administration allowed a trishul-bearing sadhu to enter the Ram shrine.
In light of the recent developments, The Wire brings you a timeline of events of the 1992 incident and its immediate aftermath.
In the thirty-eighth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the reopening of criminal conspiracy charges against L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others, and also explains why Vijay Mallya’s arrest and subsequent release is no cause for celebration.
Babri Masjid Demolition A ‘National Crime,’ Said SC in Judgment Reviving Conspiracy Charges Against Advani
“Crimes that shake the secular fabric of the constitution have allegedly been committed almost 25 years ago,” the Supreme Court said.
In episode 31, Vinod Dua talks about the Supreme Court reserving its judgment in the Babri Masjid case, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, and how women are fighting back against online trolling.
Mediations are only fair if both parties are equally powerful – which isn’t true for the Babri Masjid case, particularly in Adityanath’s UP.
In the twenty-first episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the Supreme Court’s observation that the Ayodhya dispute must be settled amicably through “a cordial meeting” of all parties and where India ranks on the World Happiness Index 2017.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main claimant in the Babri masjid title suit, is led by nominees of the UP government.
The court is also considering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the disputed structure.
Twenty-four years after the Babri Masjid was demolished, a court witness wonders if justice delayed is justice denied, given that the cases against the accused are nowhere near conclusion.
The gentle rhythms of the religious town of Ayodhya continue as they have for millennia.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
The court has ordered that the trial, to be held in Lucknow, be completed in two years.
“We can’t allow a masjid to be built near the Ram mandir. If Muslims are giving up their claim to the disputed land, they are welcome for talks,” says VHP litigant.
Vinay Sitapati’s biography of the former prime minister raises pertinent points about Rao’s tenure as prime minister during the Babri Masjid demolition, the process of economic liberalisation and the advent of India’s nuclear programme.
The destruction of the Babri Masjid was an act long in the making and the processes it involved are still very much with us.
In a country beset with serious socio-economic problems, where job creation is at a record low and farm distress shows no signs of relenting, we are busy debating cows, statues and couples in love.
The power of Ajith Pillai’s Junkland Journeys lies in the deeply observed life, illuminating an unexceptional man going through amusing times.
What began under Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan in 1977 is being repeated in India.
Basharat Peer’s A Question of Order: India, Turkey and the Return of Strongmen shows how the air of contemporary politics across the world, is filled with xenophobia and a fear of the democratically-elected autocrats.
“The future challenge (for the RSS) would be to create a meta-narrative which can end all sectarian and narrow divisions,” Rakesh Sinha told The Wire.
Policemen who didn’t file FIRs, journalists who didn’t write questioning reports and former CMs who didn’t push investigations should all get a share of the credit for making Adityanath UP’s chief minister.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J. S. Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
A clear and decisive narrative of Hindutva as an integral component of the larger economic development project is already out there. Various facets of this will soon unfold.
Each move Modi made awed us, even when he spewed venom. We were too ready, too eager to legitimise everything he did.
Adityanath’s appointment is his latest move. The task before us will now be to find virtue in what has been done.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma will be deputy chief ministers.
Not only has Muslim representation fallen dramatically, it is a third of what it should be in proportion to population.
In the absence of any positive change, how long can a voter keep casting their vote based on false promises?
Between 35-40% of candidates in the UP elections have a criminal record. Many criminal acts have ideological legitimacy, resulting in reward rather than punishment, as seen in the case of the UP BJP president.
At the root of India’s problems, the authors of ‘Dragon on Our Doorstep’ write, is the erroneous belief that a large and well equipped military alone can win wars.
Whatever be the electoral outcome, one thing appears certain: minorities are not going to turn their back on the idea of a secular India.
Both the SP-Congress alliance and the BJP are strongly placed but the BSP is a contender too
NE Dispatch: BJP Forms Government in Arunachal; RSS Sloganeering At Assam Heritage Site Triggers Protests
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
A conversation with Bhanwar Meghwanshi, Dalit activist from Rajasthan
Reports and anecdotal accounts show a pattern of wrongful imprisonment of hundreds of Muslim youths who are convicted on the basis of flimsy evidence.
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
In Being the ‘Other’: The Muslim in India, Saeed Naqvi chronicles the events that have led to Muslims being identified as the ‘other’ in the country.
Thousands of lives were destroyed forever, but barely anyone has been held accountable.
The professor’s life was an ethical-moral compass for many, as he embraced simplicity and actively stayed away from power.
He was a public intellectual and man of letters who steered the Times of India through crucial periods in India’s history