Nagothu Naresh Kumar is a graduate student at Central European University, Budapest. His research interests include Religion and Global Politics, Intellectual History and Anthropology of Religion. He holds an MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Loyola College, Chennai.
The 23rd anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6 December brought the usual suspects into action. Ayodhya's ritualistic deployment and strategic usage by various groups every year has made its invocation quite mundane yet potent enough to cause frenzied reactions. I believe that the responses so far to the Ayodhya dispute have excluded the dynamic by which sacred spaces function. Comprehending how these spaces work can throw valuable light on how to approach them.