03 August, 2021

Tunnel To Kosala

A sober account of the Ram Janmabhoomi issue is also a long look into actual, pre-Ram Ayodhya

Tunnel To Kosala

A veteran journalist, who asked trenchantly in one of his thought-stirring articles in 1995: “Did Babri Masjid exist in public consciousness prior to its demolition on December 6, 1992?” had raised a very pertinent question. In fact, Ayo­dhya is now a veritable Berm­uda or Welsh Triangle of Ram Jan­m­abhoomi, Babar’s makeshift mos­que and shoddy politics. Faith is a very delicate issue and as Yuval Noah Harari rightly remarks, at this particular juncture of human civilisation, mankind is embroiled in faith-related issues and turmoils. Thus unraveling the conflict of fai­ths, Valay Singh’s debut book Ayo­dhya is a deep exploration into the evolution of the city. The author also throws a harsh light on the nef­arious religious politics and the macabre massacre that claimed the lives of thousands of humans in the name of hollow faith during the tum­ultuous times after the demolition of Babri Masjid.

In the first part of the book, the writer meticulously attempts to stitch the scattered threads of the city...

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