Ayodhya

Party of Ram: BJP has won the culture war on Ram. Time now to focus on the economy

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It’s the death of the republic, lamented one of the few liberals on my school alumni WhatsApp group. As the imagery of Prime Minister Narendra Modi presiding, like a Hindu suratrana, over the bhumi-pujan of the new Ram temple in Ayodhya beamed over the airwaves this Wednesday, the WhatsApp group erupted. The morning started with […..]

Calls for Ayodhya temple law mean it’s Ram bharose again in 2019

Calls for Ayodhya temple

The growing clamour for a law to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya is reminiscent of Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s 1849 satirical aphorism: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” The carefully constructed public symphony we have seen in recent days on the possibility of an overriding law to build a Ram temple […..]

Agra vs Ayodhya for 2019: If the economy is plan A in BJP’s calculus for Lok Sabha polls, Ram is plan B

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For the Nobel prize winning Rabindranath Tagore, who also happened to write India’s national anthem, the Taj Mahal famously rose “above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.” For the 2019 general elections, the Mughal monument is emerging as a set-piece for the political chessboard, a powerful […..]

SANCTIONING BELIEF IN LAW

When the Ayodhya dispute first came up before a modern court in 1886, FEA Charmier, the district judge of Faizabad, disposed it off with a sagacious observation. “It is most unfortunate that a masjid should have been built on land specially held sacred by the Hindus,” he argued, “but as that event occurred 356 years […..]