Rise of the Right in India

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Print edition : December 06, 2019

July 14, 1989: Bajrang Dal volunteers assembled in Ayodhya to take a vow to resist those who opposed the foundation-laying ceremony to be held in November 1989. Photo: P.K. ROY

December 6, 1992: Kar sevaks at the shilanyas (foundation-laying) site in Ayodhya. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

For writers and journalists who chronicled the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation right from the 1980s, it began as a ludicrous political campaign with a religious tool and gradually assumed nightmarish dimensions.

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