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Former PM PV Narasimha Rao and BJP leader LK Advani

Narasimha Rao felt betrayed over Babri, he avenged it by trapping Advani in hawala scandal

Explaining the frightened silence of Congress on 25th anniversary of Babri. The party can’t shake off its self-inflicted guilty conscience unless it accepts Narasimha Rao’s innocence.
Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers in protest for Ram temple in Ayodhya | Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The erasure of the Babri Masjid actually began six years before its demolition

The ‘Ayodhya controversy’ is not about the Ram temple, it is about the forcible occupation of a functioning mosque.
An illustration showing Narendra Modi, the Babri Masjid and Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Ram Mandir test: How Modi fares can be his defining legacy

The Ayodhya issue will test Modi’s political capital, because one party will leave the table more aggrieved than the other.
Narasimha Rao

Home ministry had a plan to prevent Babri demolition, but PM Rao didn’t allow it

Madhav Godbole, Home secy at the time of the demolition, says a contingency plan had been ready since July, but the final go-ahead 'never arrived'.
A man stands atop the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 1992.

Even foreign scribes couldn’t escape wrath of Ayodhya’s Hindu zealots, recalls NYT journo

I began yelling, but was suddenly clubbed from behind. I fell to the ground. My notebook was wrestled from my hand. A sandal-clad foot stomped on my glasses.
File photo of Bajrang Dal with Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) members (representational) | Sameer Sehgal/Getty Images

VHP was working on Ram mandir since 1983, bought land: Babri case accused

Still facing trial in Babri demolition case, VHP’s international secretary Champat Rai says Hindu organisations worked meticulously to establish Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Supporters of the Ram temple construction movement display tridents in 2002 at Ayodhya.

A journalist recounts helping prime accused in Babri Masjid demolition sneak into Ayodhya

A former reporter of RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ says he accompanied Singhal and three others in the run-up to Babri demolition
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Does Sri Sri have any hope in Ayodhya? Past mediation attempts have been utter failures

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has 3 proposals for Ayodhya dispute resolution, all of which involve “gifting” the land to Hindus. He visits Ayodhya Thursday.

On Camera

elections

Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

Gunman kills 25-year-old youth in Pulwama district

Police are hunting down the assailant who killed the man near his residence
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?