Politics

How a mosque became a temple

Print edition : March 08, 2013

December 6, 1992: Hindu fundamentalists atop the Babri Masjid just before demolishing it. Photo: SANJAY SHARMA/INDIA PIX NETWORK

L.K. Advani. On December 3, 1989, after the general election, he expressed satisfaction that the issue had contributed to the BJP's success. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Ramachandra Das Paramhans. He was presdient of the Hindu Mahasabah's Ayodhya unit. He told 'The New York Times' (December 22, 1991): “I am the very man who put the idol inside the masjid.” Photo: SIDDHARTH DARSHAN KUMAR/AP

Biharsharif, 1990: L.K. Advani's Somnath-to-Ayodhya rath yatra faces protests from Janata Dal supporters. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

New Delhi, December 23, 2007: Ashok Singhal, international president of the VHP and Praveen Togadia, international general secretary of the VHP, perform 'havan' at the bhumi pujan ceremony for 'Ram Setu'. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Delhi, 1946: Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee meeting in Delhi. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

A timely and revealing book on the takeover of the Babri Masjid on the night of December 22-23, 1949. The authors’ political sophistication emerges from the pointed questions they raise about a divide in our polity.
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