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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

Features | Surveillance

After Sweden, it is now UK’s turn to offer Assange justice: Co-author

Ullekh NP

In conversation with Dr Suelette Dreyfus, co-author, Underground

After Sweden, it is now UK’s turn to offer Assange justice: Co-author

Cover Story | Editor’s Note

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
The Rot in JNU

Essays | Open Essay

The Rot in JNU

Makarand R Paranjape

A nation united and a university divided

The Spirit of New India

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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

How Sabarimala Changed Kerala’s Politics

Features | Religion

How Sabarimala Changed Kerala’s Politics
Ullekh NP

The Left Government has learnt its lesson, but the state has lost its outlier status

Rama: A Remarkable Hero

Cover Story | The Ayodhya Issue

Rama: A Remarkable Hero
Sadhguru

Learning from Rama in the wake of the Ayodhya judgment

‘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

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

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

The Eternity of the Deity

Cover Story | The Ayodhya Issue

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

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

Calling American Media

Columns | Whisperer

Calling American Media

Jayanta Ghosal

US media’s antipathy

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