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The Spirit of New India

Swapan Dasgupta

When the grand Ram temple is finally built on the site reclaimed from an invading army, the restoration of national sovereignty—the essence of the struggle for independence—would have been completed

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Rama: A Remarkable Hero

Sadhguru

Learning from Rama in the wake of the Ayodhya judgment

Rama: A Remarkable Hero

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Ramayana 2019: The Restoration of a God

S Prasannarajan

It’s a tragedy of our times that it took the highest court of India to bring peace between India’s present and its cultural past

Ramayana 2019: The Restoration of a God
Ram’s Ghar Wapsi

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Ram’s Ghar Wapsi

Makarand R Paranjape

Go to any museum or temple in India. Not one murti or figure from premodern India survives without disfiguration. If there is one, then the only explanation will be that it somehow escaped Muslim marauders

Challenging the Tyranny of Reputations

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Challenging the Tyranny of Reputations

PR Ramesh

The Supreme Court judgment will accelerate the decolonisation of the Indian mind. An alternative narrative has come to dominate and influence the national mood

For God’s Sake

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For God’s Sake
MJ Akbar

Pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Lord is an elemental journey in every relevant religion. The Supreme Court, by adjudicating on the legality of the deity and granting an unfettered right to the deity’s birthplace, has created space for India to move on

The Eternity of the Deity

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The Eternity of the Deity
J Sai Deepak

The court has looked at a concept deeply rooted in the spiritual traditions of this land through the prism of English and Roman law

A Chariot in History

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A Chariot in History
Kanchan Gupta

At a brainstorming session Pramod Mahajan came up with the idea of a nationwide grand yatra, Narendra Modi concurred and that was the beginning of the Ram Rath Yatra, catapulting the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute on the national scene with LK Advani emerging as the face of Hindu aspirations

Where Did the Temples Go?

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Where Did the Temples Go?

Abhinav Prakash Singh

Justice has been meted out for a historical wrong. Hindus waited for this moment for five centuries and have taken it with dignified restraint. A majority of Muslims too have understood that they were misled by vested interests and it was wrong to destroy and appropriate the places of worship of others

The Epic Epiphany

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The Epic Epiphany

Keerthik Sasidharan

The abiding attraction of the Ramayana to Indian society, and to the Indian mind, lies in the innumerable idealised social relations that abound in the epic. Its importance as a template for social bonds is what is often missed in the textual discussions that preoccupy scholars

‘Left Historians Misled Indian Muslims on Ayodhya’

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‘Left Historians Misled Indian Muslims on Ayodhya’

Rahul Pandita

“Hindu-Muslim relations over Ayodhya would not have deteriorated to this point if the left historians had not misled and misguided the Muslim group,” says historian Meenakshi Jain

The Future Is Safe

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The Future Is Safe

Siddharth Singh

Handing over of the 2.77 acres in Ayodhya will not spell doom for Indian Muslims

Ram: The Ideal Pop Culture Icon

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Ram: The Ideal Pop Culture Icon

Kaveree Bamzai

The dynamism and creativity of a people who see Ram as their own prince, friend, son or brother will prevail

Faith Lines

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Faith Lines

Saurabh Singh

The return of Ram

Romesh Gunesekera: An Island in Memory

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Romesh Gunesekera: An Island in Memory

Nandini Nair

In his new novel, Romesh Gunesekera writes of the ebb and flow of boyhood friendships. The novelist in conversation with Nandini Nair

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