The Babri Masjid Question 1528–2003, Vol. 2

'A Matter of National Honour'

A.G. Noorani

9789382381464

Tulika Books, 2014

320 pages

Price INR 500.00
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A compilation by A.G. Noorani, in two volumes, of primary source material on various aspects of the Ramjanmabhumi –Babri  Masjid  dispute.The documents, chronologically arranged under thematic chapter heads ?and covering historical, archaeological, legal and political ground, clearly reveal why and how an issue that had been settled in the nineteenth century was revived in the twentieth century, and exploited for sordid political ends. They bear evidence to the fact that the demolition of the ?Babri  Masjid  on 6 December 1992 was a criminal deed that redefined the ?politics of India. They show how the movement that led up to the demolition and its continuing efforts to justify the building of a Rama temple at the very site of the mosque are driven by the politics of power   ?and religious ?fundamentalism. For the Sangh Parivar, raising the Ayodhya issue has a wider aim than that of building a temple at Ramjanmasthan.That aim is the establishment of a Hindu rashtra. What is at stake,therefore, is the survival of secularism, democracy and rule of law in this country. It is a battle for India ’s soul. This book is published by Tulika books.

A.G. Noorani

A. G. Noorani is a lawyer, historian and author. He has practised as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India and in the Bombay High Court. He is one of the few remaining experts on the Constitution of India from his generation. His columns have appeared in various publications, including Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Frontline, Economic and Political Weekly and Dainik Bhaskar. He is the author of a number of books, including The Kashmir DisputeThe Destruction of Hyderabad, The Babri Masjid Question and, for LeftWord, The RSS and the BJP: A Division of Labour (2000), Islam and Jihad (2002) and Savarkar and Hindutva: The Godse Connection (2002).