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.

Mandir Wahin Banayenge: After 30 years, BJP’s tryst with Hindutva destiny

On November 19, 2019, 70 years after the dispute began, the Supreme Court ruled the site should be given to Hindus. In a unanimous verdict, archaeological evidence showed remains of a building “that was not Islamic” was beneath the structure of the demolished Babri mosque.

Jai Shree Ram, ho gaya kaam: Mosque falls in Ayodhya, BJP rises in Delhi

After the fall of the mosque, the BJP became a political untouchable for a while. Since the coalition era hadn’t ended, it took a few years for the BJP to collect allies and come to power at the Centre.

Muslim woman’s fight for Rs 179.20 forces ‘Mr Clean’ to make a blunder

In part two of the series, we revisit the origin of the VHP movement for building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya and how a Muslim woman’s fight for alimony forced the Congress government led by Rajiv Gandhi to make a series of blunders that were to turn the streets over to the rampaging saffron brigade.

How Ram lalla ‘appeared’ one winter night in a disputed mosque

Ayodhya’s first documented link with the deity emerged in 1717 when Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, purchased a plot of land adjacent to the Babri Masjid. A map of the site depicts a structure with three spires resembling the domes of the Babri Masjid that was demolished in 1992
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