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The Ayodhya Issue

K Parasaran: God’s Advocate

Amita Shah

At 92, Ram Lalla’s lawyer K Parasaran is still in demand. He will oversee the construction of the temple for the god he defended

Calling American Media

US media’s antipathy

The Epic Epiphany

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

Where Did the Temples Go?

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

Ram’s Ghar Wapsi

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

‘Left Historians Misled Indian Muslims on Ayodhya’

“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

For God’s Sake

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

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

Challenging the Tyranny of Reputations

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 Spirit of New India

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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