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How Modi outwitted Rao‘s Babri Masjid calculation

How Modi outwitted Rao‘s Babri Masjid calculation

‘He failed to foresee that the campaign of hatred need not be continuous; a sporadic, scattered campaign is enough.‘‘What was important is to keep the pot boiling, not let it overflow like happened during the masjid-mandir days,‘ notes Saisuresh Sivaswamy. IMAGE: December 6, 1992: Kar sevaks during the Babri Masjid demolition.   In last year‘s blockbuster Telugu film Bharat Ane […]

Still a long journey for young Thackeray

Still a long journey for young Thackeray

One is hopeful that if he becomes CM, Mr Thackeray will not be as trigger happy in calling for bans or encouraging outrage, says Uttaran Das Gupta. IMAGE: Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray presented a sword in Mumbai. Photograph: PTI Photo In late 2010, a controversy rocked the verdant campus of the University of Mumbai. A student demanded that a […]

Ayodhya verdict: We have all lost

Ayodhya verdict: We have all lost

‘The Babri Masjid wasn‘t just a mosque, it was a test of our secularism,‘ says Jyoti Punwani. IMAGE: The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Nyas Karyashaala (workshop) in Ayodhya, a day after the Supreme Court‘s verdict. Photograph: Nand Kumar/PTI Photo   A day after the historic Babri Masjid verdict, two crucial questions remain. What happens to our faith in the Supreme Court? […]

Maha Guv should invite Cong-NCP to form govt: Deora

Maha Guv should invite Cong-NCP to form govt: Deora

Congress leader Milind Deora on Sunday said that the Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari should now invite the second largest alliance of the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress to form the government in Maharashtra as the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance has refused to do so. “Maharashtra‘s governor should invite NCP-Congress – the second largest alliance – to form […]

Ayodhya verdict: Security of 5 SC judges enhanced

Ayodhya verdict: Security of 5 SC judges enhanced

Security of five judges, who delivered the verdict in the highly-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, has been enhanced with the deployment of additional troops, barricades and mobile escort teams, officials said on Sunday. IMAGE: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi being welcomed on his arrival at the airport in Guwahati. Photograph: PTI Photo The enhanced security has been put […]