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The History of Ayōdhyā and the Rāma Janmabhūmī Dispute – VI

close to all sources on the mosque in Ayōdhyā said to stand on the site of a destroyed temple in Rāmkōṭ, speak of it as being the Janmasthāna and/or Sītā-kī-Rasoi mentioned either simultaneously or synonymously. It is this site located in the western side of the Rāmkōṭ area upon which stood the disputed structure known in recent times as ‘Bābûrī Masjid’.


The ‘Morning Song of India’

In his composition ‘Jana Gana Mana’ Tagore employs the vision of Śri Kriṣña in the Mahabharata to conceptualise this ‘Ruler of the Destiny of Bhārata’, as the eternal charioteer sounding the conch shell to guide the course of this nation.

The Qur’ān, the Mu’mins, the Ahl-e-Qitāb and The Kāfirs–I

“Low volume ethnic cleansing” – a trend of non-Muslim families forced to vacate their homes, pull out their children from schools and change neighbourhoods occupied by them.
This phenomenon is not altogether unknown in India and other countries with a significant Muslim minority, whereby once the Muslim community in a locality has achieved critical mass, non-Muslim communities are steadily edged out, exodus effected by unremitting acts of violence by Muslims on the persons and property of the latter, their liberties curtailed, forced to escape for self-preservation.

Rajarshi Rammohun Roy–I

Raja Rammohun Roy with his gigantic intellectual and scholastic prowess, cogent representation of Indian religious, cultural and economic interests prevented the misapprehension and misconstruction of its cultural practices (including polytheism, idolatry, Hindu traditions and even ‘satī’) from being used against Indians. None among the Indians in that period possessed the brilliant faculties of Roy to hold rational and logical discourse in the European public sphere.

The God, the Prophet, and the Book

The Indian constitution today stands as a document representing a tyranny of ideas unleashed on a civilisation, which for thousands of years has been a playground of ideas and refused to be defined by a single idea, book or a thinker.
As seekers and rational thinkers, let our sole allegiance be to the truth and not to the leaders, spiritual or temporal, howsoever hallowed, neither any schools of thought, political, philosophical or spiritual, nor any books. We will outlast them all…