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Through The Voyeur's Eyes

Curiosity took writer Mukul Kesavan and cartoonist Ajit Ninan through Faizabad and Ayodhya where they found little evidence of a Ram Leher but felt the undercurrents...

Through The Voyeur's Eyes
Through The Voyeur's Eyes
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ON Tuesday, the 23rd of April, we were waiting for Advani to address a rally at Gulab Bari in Faizabad. This public meeting was to be held in the neighbourhood of a large stucco mausoleum left over from Faizabad's glory days, when it was the capital of Nawabi Avadh. Across the road from Gulab Bari was an untended Muslim graveyard where vendors had collected in anticipation of business and, as I entered the ground, the first thing I passed on the left was a whitewashed grave.

The ironies of the location were embarrassingly obvious but the local BJP speakers, given the job of holding on to the audience till Advani arrived (he was running three-and-a-half hours late on his Su-raj Yatra), were leaving nothing to chance or subtlety. Trenchant things were said about Muslims by denouncing handy surrogates like Pakistan, Bangladesh and medieval Muslim rulers. Marauding Muslims had disfigured our history by dishonouring our women and destroying our temples; then the Congress ruined our geography—bhoogol bigar diya—by allowing Pakistan to occupy part of Kashmir and then...

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