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Lives after the Cyclone

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Portraits From Ayodhya: Living India's Contradictions by  Scharada Dubey, book reviewThe demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya came out of nowhere one peaceful Sunday in 1992 and threatened normal city life for a week all over India with enforced curfews and army parades to ensure that citizens stayed safe. However that was the boiling over of an issue that had been festering in the Indian heartland side by side with the Bhopal Gas crisis and the Sikh riots. The problem, of course, began because Hindu extremists laid claim to Ayodhya as the birthplace of the epic hero Rama, elevated to the status of divinity. However, Ayodhya was not just a place of Hindu pilgrimage – it was a meeting place of several religions, including Buddhism, Sufism, Jainism, and Islam, all of whom held Ayodhya equally sacred. Even though for the bulk of the residents, the squabble was just part and parcel of all the other land based controversies that belonged to the Ayodhya way of life.

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