A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
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.
What began under Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan in 1977 is being repeated in India.
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.
The court has ordered that the trial, to be held in Lucknow, be completed in two years.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main claimant in the Babri masjid title suit, is led by nominees of the UP government.
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.
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.
Reports and anecdotal accounts show a pattern of wrongful imprisonment of hundreds of Muslim youths who are convicted on the basis of flimsy evidence.
Thousands of lives were destroyed forever, but barely anyone has been held accountable.
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.
The marginalisation of Muslims in India must be viewed within the wider context of growing religious majoritarianism in South Asia as a whole.
In a remarkable coincidence, irrefutable evidence of ‘the RSS connection’ with Gandhi’s assassination surfaced in recent years – just as it was about to claim the Gandhian heritage.
Academic and journalist Vinay Sitapati, in his recently published book Half Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India, attempts to give P V Narasimha Rao his rightful place in history.
In this exclusive interview, K.N. Govindacharya speaks about Narendra Modi, Hindutva and his plans for a new framework for India’s Constitution.
To ensure its growth, the Shiv Sena must ask itself some big questions.
The need to ease out the influence of New Age gurus is more immediate than ever. Otherwise, the stranglehold of religious cults on governments would become a reality sooner than later.
In the darkest hour of partition, when the whole of East Punjab was engulfed in a frenzy of communal violence, the town remained calm. And has stayed that way ever since.
The nation will realise far too late that they missed the opportunity of properly “using” Mufti sahib as the tallest leader of Muslims in the country and abroad; the state will never ever recover from his passing away.
In the midst of heated contestations within the Hindutva establishment and their attempts at communal polarisation, nothing is changing in Faizabad-Ayodhya.
What the experiences of Manto and Josh Malihabadi tell us about the dividing line between trust and belonging, intolerance and exile.
The new Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia will have to be bold and imaginative in keeping bilateral ties on an even keel
For those who wish to protect modern India’s secular and democratic identity, there is no need to defend the religious chauvinists of centuries past.
The destruction of the Babri Masjid was an act long in the making and the processes it involved are still very much with us.
The process of creating a Hindu mirror image of radical Islam is underway. India’s shrinking space for syncretism will struggle to resist its growth
New Delhi: Even as senior BJP politicians like Mahesh Sharma, Sakshi Maharaj, Adityanath and Sangeet Som have sought to make light of last week’s murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Bisara village near Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, a number of sadhus and mahants from the holy town of Ayodhya have […]
The earlier coyness of the RSS is gone. It will now play an even bigger role in Indian politics
To speak against the Hindu religion is now an affront to the larger nationalist cause. Even if the ‘bad’ Hindu’s criticism has ethical intentions – such as the fight against superstition – he is an unwanted threat to the cause of religious nationalism.
The attack on the Vice President came not from the intemperate fringe of the sangh parivar but from Ram Madhav, a responsible leader who serves as a vital link between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS.