The physical segregation of Muslims in Gujarat is a part of the larger Hindutva objective to alienate those considered the ‘other’ from mainstream political processes.
The delay had prompted the Supreme Court in April 2017 to pass an extraordinary order to expedite the trial and deliver the judgment “within a period of two years”.
Is it dharma to oust someone from their holy place?
The problem is this: India is in the fight of its life with itself. Indian society is on a knife-edge – literally – and national attention is highly distractible.
The period of VHP’s belligerent build-up to the Babri Masjid destruction saw the rise of a mainstream ‘kar sevak’ media which destroyed the very fundamentals of journalism by becoming an active participant in furthering intolerance.
For years, I have lived with the feeling of being the other, with my sense of belonging being repeatedly attacked.
In studying the Sangh parivar for my film, I encountered the disciplined manner in which the December 6, 1992 operation was planned.
The well-planned destruction of the Babri Masjid 25 years ago was a dress rehearsal for further acts of vandalism that are in store. No wonder the assault on witnesses like photographers and smashing of their cameras felt like a ‘blinding of the nation’.
The police standing guard did not move from their place, as if they had been ordered to remain mute spectators.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani speaks to Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, senior associate editor of Frontline, and Ruchira Gupta, professor at New York University, who were both in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
An excerpt from Krishna Jha and Dhirendra K. Jha’s Ayodhya – The Dark Night that uncovers the story of how the mosque had turned into a temple overnight.
What is a nation worth if my friend is scared of returning home? What is a religion worth if it rejoices in the humiliation of another religion?
To examine the diverse engagements of Muslim groups with postcolonial political realities, one has to give up the Babri Masjid-centric grand narrative of Islam in India.
“I know I might not achieve much in the end, but I have come this far, I can’t give up now.”
The spiral of violence triggered by the Babri demolition reached new heights in the Bombay riots.
In Ayodhya 25 Years After Babri Masjid Demolition, VHP Organises ‘Day of Bravery’ While Muslims Observe ‘Black Day’
Bajrang Dal members in the city were booked for breaking prohibitory orders while on their way to the VHP’s event. The were flying saffron flags and raising allegedly communal slogans.
At an event organised by The Wire, journalists who reported on the Babri Masjid demolition 25 years ago talked about their experiences, from having their equipment broken to being sexually assaulted.
JNU Cancels All Campus Events on Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid Demolition to ‘Maintain Communal Harmony’
The students’ union called the administration’s decision “ideological censorship”.
“Though the riots are in the past, they have left a mark. People have moved on but after the series of mob lynchings, there is fear once again.”
As the news from Ayodhya throws a newsroom into turmoil, an editor uses his pen like a chisel. We reproduce here the much-acclaimed story Blue Pencil by N.S Madhavan, translated from Malayalam by the author himself.
As the Ayodhya agitation gained ground, non-BJP parties were too busy with their electoral concerns to notice its significance.
In the Ayodhya riots that followed the Babri Masjid demolition, 18 Muslims were murdered, almost all their houses and shops were torched and destroyed.
It did nothing to hold to account the BJP leaders who gave false assurances to the court before the Ayodhya demolition.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is deliberately prolonging the trial while the BJP does its best to use the Ayodhya dispute to once again stoke the flames of hatred.
The Babri Masjid was torn apart in broad daylight while the executive and judiciary watched, and those behind the demolition went on to be elected as the rulers of the country.
For over three decades, the peace loving people of India have been held hostage to this dispute and have not been heard, says a petition in the Supreme Court.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Hindu, Shia and Sunni religious leaders were present at the event held in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
Mahant Bhaskar Das shared good relations with the Muslim community. His death will be a blow to communal harmony in Ayodhya.
The RSS chief also said that his organisation does not support trolling on social media as it amounts to “hitting below the belt”.
The two judges had been appointed by the Allahabad high court in March 2003, during the excavation conducted by archaeological survey of India at the disputed site.
“Now there is a BJP government in the state, so there is no problem and no hurdles in the way of the construction of the Ram mandir.”
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today decided to hold the final hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute from December 5 and made it clear that no adjournment shall be given in any circumstance. The apex court, after an intense deliberation for more than one and a […]
The board also told the apex court in an affidavit that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute.
The Allahabad High Court had, in 2010, ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.
The organisations see the arrival of stones in Ayodhya as the open contempt and dishonour of the Supreme Court.
A push for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya is likely to gain support from Guru Poornima next week when saints gather at Naradanand Ashram.
In a similar move in 2015, two truck loads of stones were brought in, but the then Samajwadi Party government banned any further import.
Can a nation be imagined around symbols that are controversial and pit one community against another?
The CBI’s handling of the case has always depended on which political party is in power at the Centre. There is no reason to assume its attitude towards the prosecution of senior BJP leaders will not be coloured by the same factor.