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Karsevaks atop the Babri masjid shortly before it was demolished on December 6, 1992 at Ayodhya

Babri Masjid Demolition: AIMPLB To Move Supreme Court Against Acquittal Of 32 Accused

Thousands of Hindu kar sevaks demolished Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. A Special CBI Court in 2020 acquitted the 32 accused in the case, including top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of...

07 December 2022

Mahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhara with Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind president Molana Suhaib Qasmi

The Story Of Nirmohi Akhara, The ‘Other’ Hindu Side In The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Saga

The Nirmohi Akhara was awarded one-third of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land by the Allahabad High Court in 2010, but the Supreme Court overruled the High Court judgement and dismissed its case in its 2019...


Babri Masjid demolition,  December 1992.

Babri Masjid Demolition: Revisiting The History In Courtrooms

Revisiting the legal journey of Babri Masjid Ram Janmabhoomi dispute helps us to understand the transition of perceived truth through ages.


Karsevaks atop the Babri masjid shortly before it was demolished on December 6, 1992 at Ayodhya

Uttar Pradesh: Babri Masjid Demolition Just Another Day In Ayodhya With No 'Shourya Diwas' Or 'Black Day'

Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya was demolished on December 6, 1992 by thousands of Hindu kar sevaks. They believed that it was built atop a ruined Hindu temple that marked the birthplace of Hindu Lord Rama, an...

06 December 2022

 BJP President LK Advani, sits in prayer for construction of Ram Janam Mandir Temple in Ayodhya in 1990

Babri Masjid Demolition: The Events That Led To The Fall Of The Domes

Babri Masjid was not just a mosque- it had history engraved on it. And on December 6, 1992, its demolition by Hindu Kar Sevaks raised a question over India's future as a secular nation.


Hindus celebrating holding of darshan at site of Dec. 6 after razing down Babri Masjid

Babri Demolition: Many Kar Sevaks Were Only There To Bring Masjid Down, Recalls Undercover Journalist

Sanjay Kaw, then a reporter with The Statesman newspaper, went on an undercover assignment to Ayodhya in 1992. Speaking to Outlook, Kaw recalls the days and moments leading up to the fateful day when Hindu mobs brought down...

05 December 2022

Ayodhya Ram Temple at the disputed site in early-1995

Explained: Ayodhya Ram Mandir's Journey Before And After Babri Masjid Demolition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya in August 2020. The temple is expected to open for people in 2024, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled in the same year.

06 December 2022

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Karsevaks atop the Babri masjid shortly before it was demolished on December 6, 1992 at Ayodhya

30 Years Of Babri Masjid Demolition: A Fallen Dome, Post-Truth Era And A Battle Of Ideas

Babri Masjid demolition led us to a time where rationality is pitted against emotionality, objectivity against multiple subjectivities and the proclaimed cosmopolitanism of big cities against the blatant everyday...

05 December 2022

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05 December 2022
Babri Masjid Demolition: 'I Want To Build A Centre To Serve Humanity, Not Just A Mosque', Architect Of New Mosque In Ayodhya

Babri Masjid Demolition: 'I Want To Build A Centre To Serve Humanity, Not Just A Mosque', Architect Of New Mosque In Ayodhya

Thirty years after the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992, SM Akhtar, the architect of Ahmadullah Shah mosque in Ayodhya, is confident his design...


13 November 2022
Uttar Pradesh: Ayodhya Mosque Likely To Be Built By December 2023, Says Trust

Uttar Pradesh: Ayodhya Mosque Likely To Be Built By December 2023, Says Trust

Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992. The Supreme Court in 2019 ordered the construction of a Ram temple on the disputed site and directed that five acres be...


09 November 2022
Ram Temple's Chief Priest Objects To The Trust's New Arrangement For Prasad Distribution

Ram Temple's Chief Priest Objects To The Trust's New Arrangement For Prasad Distribution

Acharya Satyendra Das, the chief priest of the Ram temple, objected to the Sriram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust's decision to stop the distribution of...


23 October 2022
The Many Faces And Transformations Of Ram And His Story

The Many Faces And Transformations Of Ram And His Story

If Tulsidas made Ram a self-effacing family man and king to be worshipped, the Ayodhya movement lent him a political identity. Tulsidas’s Ram was a stoic and...


23 October 2022
Ramayan: Who Is Ram And What Is His Story?

Ramayan: Who Is Ram And What Is His Story?

Ramayana is a story of struggle against society’s imposed morality, of kings and queens who are products of their circumstances and choices


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14 October 2022
Photo Feature: Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi, Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri Temple Conflicts

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...


11 October 2022
Ayodhya And Hubballi: The Cities That Defined The Course Of Indian Politics

Ayodhya And Hubballi: The Cities That Defined The Course Of Indian Politics

If the Ram Temple movement established the saffron outfit in the Hindi belt, the Hubballi campaign catapulted it to power in the state


10 October 2022
Mulayam Singh Yadav: The Journey From A Wrestler To An Astute Politician Ruling Uttar Pradesh

Mulayam Singh Yadav: The Journey From A Wrestler To An Astute Politician Ruling Uttar Pradesh

From climbing the ladder of caste politics, raising the banner of secularism, to appearing to show faith in Narendra Modi after realising Modi-baiting would...


08 October 2022
Striking An Optimistic Note In Times Of Hate, Distrust

Striking An Optimistic Note In Times Of Hate, Distrust

A scholar reminisces his growing up in a sleepy town in Bihar and how its secular fabric changed after loud-mouthed Hindu fanatic leaders landed there


30 September 2022
Harmonising Places Of Worship Act With Standard Legal Procedures Is Need Of The Hour

Harmonising Places Of Worship Act With Standard Legal Procedures Is Need Of The Hour

Though the objective of Places of Worship Act to discourage any retrogression into communal fault lines is admirable, its contradictions and ambiguity on many...


30 September 2022
Ayodhya Settled, Focus Is Back On Places Of Worship Act, 1991

Ayodhya Settled, Focus Is Back On Places Of Worship Act, 1991

With the tide of majoritarian appeasement, fuelled by the ruling political establishment, there are efforts now to even exempt the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar...


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23 September 2022
Film Review Of Dostojee (2021): Friendship In The Time Of Mistrust

Film Review Of Dostojee (2021): Friendship In The Time Of Mistrust

Prasun Chatterjee’s debut film focuses on a childhood friendship in the backdrop of communal polarisation to send a strong message


12 September 2022
From Gyanvapi To Mathura: Another Mosque, Another Temple

From Gyanvapi To Mathura: Another Mosque, Another Temple

A maze of ‘shell’ trusts and other bodies—some registered, some not—have been legally contesting the claims on the land on which Mathura’s Shahi...


05 September 2022
Babri Mosque Case: CBI Files Objection In High Court Against Plea Challenging Acquittal

Babri Mosque Case: CBI Files Objection In High Court Against Plea Challenging Acquittal

Two Ayodhya residents have appealed that the trial court's verdict acquitting the accused be set aside and all accused be held guilty.


31 August 2022
Babri Masjid Demolition: A Timeline Of The Ram Janmabhoomi Dispute Case

Babri Masjid Demolition: A Timeline Of The Ram Janmabhoomi Dispute Case

The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished on December 6, 1992 in the culmination of BJP's Rath Yatra. Several BJP leaders were at the time accused in the...


18 July 2022
Explained: The Ram Mandir Movement, The Babri Demolition, And The Acquittal Of All Accused

Explained: The Ram Mandir Movement, The Babri Demolition, And The Acquittal Of All Accused

The Allahabad High Court will hear a plea against the acquittal of 32 people accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case on August 1.


18 July 2022
Babri Demolition Case: Allahabad High Court To Hear Plea Against Acquittal Of 32 Accused Including LK Advani On August 1

Babri Demolition Case: Allahabad High Court To Hear Plea Against Acquittal Of 32 Accused Including LK Advani On August 1

The Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992. Former Deputy PM LK Advani and senior BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, and Kalyan Singh were...


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