16 May, 2021

December 6, 1992 Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary from Ayodhya dated December 6, 1992

December 6, 1992 Diary
Political Paparazzo

One of the privileges—or perils—of being a photographer is that you are tossed smack into the eye of the storm. You are witness to history, you are the flashbulb that’s popping at it. One such moment came my way by routine assignment. I was 23 and working with Sunday. It was December 3, 1992. The air was tensing up all over north India. My editor Vir Sanghvi was visiting from Calcutta. In an edit meeting at our first-floor office in INS Building, he deci­ded to send me and one of the reporters, Poonam Thakur, to tail BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi from Delhi to Ayodhya. There was to be a big kar seva….

Lucknow, Via Kanpur

It was a bracing cold dawn, around 5 am on December 5, when we hit the old Grand Trunk Road in an equally historic white Ambassador! We first hit Kanpur—Joshi had a rally there, which went on till winter’s early sundown came down. Soon, he was...

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