Revisiting events that led to Babri Masjid demolition and BJP’s rise to power
On December 6, 1992, Babri Masjid, a 16th-century mosque in Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu nationalist elements, who claimed it as the birthplace of Lord Rama. More than 2,000 people were killed in the riots that ensued as a result of the demolition. After years of communal strife, riots, and court cases, the Supreme Court in a November 2019 judgement handed over the 2.77-acre piece of the contentious land to the Hindus. As the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is finally achieving fruition, The Federal maps the events that led to the destruction of the mosque, and how it shaped the BJP’s pet Hindutva narrative and its rise to power.