Ayodhya And The Uses Of Sacred Spaces

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.

Ayodhya: The Final Solution

After the literal amputation of it in August 1947, what happened in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, is arguably the most grievous, still-festering, self-inflicted wound on the original idea of India. I believe most Indians, in their heart of hearts, would wish to see it healed. I know that most Indians, in their heart of hearts, believe that this is wishful thinking.