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Photo Feature: Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi, Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri Temple Conflicts

The 1990s decade was dominated by the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row. Now, the Gyanvapi mosque row has added another chapter to the country’s history of disputes over religious structures and the spaces they occupy.

The masses and their opium: Babri Masjid before demolition Photo: Getty Images

Temple domes and mosque turrets, majestically reaching up to the heavens, have historically defined and defied skylines in Indian urban and rural scapes.

But down below, the ground on which these structures are roo­ted, has also been the turf of tussle between its two biggest religious communities. A tussle that is being played out on the str­e­ets, elections, minds and our courts.

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