Anatomy of a Confrontation: Ayodhya and the Rise of Communal Politics in India

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Sarvepalli Gopal
Palgrave Macmillan, 1993 - History - 240 pages

With the rise of the Hindu fundamentalist BJP as a significant electoral force nationwide, Indian politics are in the process of a major shift in character. Not only is the shaky hold of Congress on power threatened by this dynamic party with its overt appeal to religious chauvinism, but the secular nature of the Indian state and delicate balance of relations between diverse religious communities are at stake.

The eminent scholars who have collaborated in this book examine both the flash point issue of the mosque at Ayodha (demolished by militant Hindus), as well as the deeper causes - historic and contemporary - underlying rising communal tension in India today/

This book constitutes a profound but accessible re-examination of many basic features of Indian society and politics.

 

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Contents

Preface
7
A Historical Overview
22
How the British Saw the Issue
38
Legal Aspects to the Issue
58
InterCommunity
99
Myth History and the Politics of Ramjanmabhumi
122
A Historical Perspective on the Story of Rama
141
Colonialism and Communalism
164
HinduMuslim Relations Before and After 1947
179
Predatory Commercialization and Communalism in India
193
Notes on the Authors
219
Index
233
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Sarvepalli Gopal is emeritus professor of contemporary history at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The contributors include notable scholars, historians, and lawyers.
Sarvepalli Gopal is emeritus professor of contemporary history at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The contributors include notable scholars, historians, and lawyers.

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