ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Judging Ayodhya

The Demolition and the Verdict: Ayodhya and the Project to Reconfigure India by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, New Delhi: Speaking Tiger, 2021; pp xvii + 317, `699 (paperback).

Itihasa, the Sanskrit word for history, is derived from a phrase that simply means, so indeed it was. If you want to know, what indeed happened through the years of the Ayodhya campaign, to bring down a mosque and replace it with a templeThe Demolition and the Verdict: Ayodhya and the Project to Reconfigure IndiaNilanjan Mukhopadhyays book on Ayodhya and the project to reconfigure India, is a narrative explainer. The veteran journalist Mukhopadhyay created a unique beat for himself in the 1980s when he began covering the rise of Hindu right and was described by his right-leaning editor, as our religious correspondent (p 275). This book draws upon Mukhopadhyays decades of reporting and insight into one of the most important campaigns that have dominated Indian politics over the past three decades.

Through 274 pages of his entirely readable book, divided over eight chapters, Mukhopadhyay deals with the underlying themes in their entire historical, political, and chronological perspective. The book covers the whole spectrum from the transformation of Ramthe mythical heroto god, then to political icon followed by the silent march ahead towards Indias future as a defacto Hindu rashtra. Anyone interested

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here


To gain instant access to this article (download).

INR 59

(Readers in India)

$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.