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POLITICS

 |  10-minute read
Babri Masjid demolition, Rath Yatra, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Narendra Modi

The Karmic Cycle: Did LK Advani's karma boomerang and lead to his sidelining in the BJP?

There are many who say that Advani’s was a "gentler kind of communalism" and he is appalled by what the BJP has now become. That is absolute nonsense.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Treaty of hudaybiyyah, Prophet Mohammad, Wahhabism, Ayodhya dispute

Between the Lines: Why do some Wahhabis want the Ayodhya temple for Lord Ram?

Wahhabi preacher Salman Nadwi and others like him support the temple for Ram as a strategic retreat, citing the historical Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. But what exactly is this treaty?

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
LK Advani, BJP, Lok Sabha elections 2019, Babri Masjid demolition

His Wrath Yatra: Why liberal whitewashing of LK Advani today doesn't impress me at all

Liberals are suddenly tearing up for LK Advani. Their lamentation shows how hollow and hypocritical they are, for Advani started it all.

POLITICS

 |  2-minute read
Political alliances, Extremists, Babri Masjid demolition, Mamata Banerjee

Frenemies of the political world: 'Extremists' of yesterday, lauded by the 'moderates' of today

As LK Advani is lauded by Mamata Banerjee now, I can't help but wonder at her condemnation of his communal rath yatra politics years ago. Perhaps some day, Narendra Modi will also be called a liberal by those who attack him today.

VOICES

 |  4-minute read
Supreme Court, Ayodhya mediators, Ram Janmabhoomi, Babri Masjid demolition

Just like the Ayodhya issue, why can't troubled Kashmir see some mediation too?

Kashmiris have been targeted time and again, and now repeatedly in the aftermath of Pulwama too. It's time to reach out to them.

POLITICS

 |  2-minute read
2019 Lok Sabha elections, Babri Masjid demolition, Ram Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya verdict

Why the delay in the Ayodhya hearing could dent the BJP's 2019 prospects

Already reeling under job crisis, agrarian distress, allegations of graft and causing institutional damage, banking on Lord Ram could be the BJP's ticket back to the centre.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Namaz, Supreme Court, Babri Masjid demolition, Ayodhya dispute

Forget 'achhe din', Supreme Court's Ayodhya case verdict could pave the way for Modi's return in 2019

With the Supreme Court paving the way for an early verdict, the politics around Ram Mandir is already getting a jumpstart.

POLITICS

 |   Long-form
Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani, Babri Masjid demolition

A blow-by-blow account of how they demolished Babri Masjid

[Book extract] As the last dome tumbled on to the ground at forty-nine minutes past four, all hell broke loose.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Ram Temple, Ram Janmabhoomi, Babri Masjid demolition

Babri Masjid demolition: Who were the main villains?

The Congress government came off as grossly incompetent spectators.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Yogi Adityanath, Babri Masjid demolition, Ram mandir, Babri Masjid

Build the Ram Temple, but also build hospitals and schools in Ayodhya

Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath has wisely kept himself out of the controversy, leaving it to the Supreme Court.