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Tunnel To Kosala

A sober account of the Ram Janmabhoomi issue is also a long look into actual, pre-Ram Ayodhya

A veteran journalist, who asked trenchantly in one of his thought-stirring articles in 1995: “Did Babri Masjid exist in public consciousness prior to its demolition on December 6, 1992?” had raised a very pertinent question. In fact, Ayo­dhya is now a veritable Berm­uda or Welsh Triangle of Ram Jan­m­abhoomi, Babar’s makeshift mos­que and shoddy politics. Faith is a very delicate issue and as Yuval Noah Harari rightly remarks, at this particular juncture of human civilisation, mankind is embroiled in faith-related issues and turmoils. Thus unraveling the conflict of fai­ths, Valay Singh’s debut book Ayo­dhya is a deep exploration into the evolution of the city. The author also throws a harsh light on the nef­arious religious politics and the macabre massacre that claimed the lives of thousands of humans in the name of hollow faith during the tum­ultuous times after the demolition of Babri Masjid.

In the first part of the book, the writer meticulously attempts to stitch the scattered threads of the city with the needle of historical facts and details. Since the demolition of Babri Masjid, Ayodhya has become a tinderbox and an ever-bur­ning cauldron of conflict, which has been shrewdly embedded in the psyche of the nation as Ram Janma­bhoomi (the birth place of Rama).

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