Author: Ashis NandyShikha Trivedi/Publisher: Oxford University PressYear: 1998Language: EnglishPages: 212ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195642716
The destruction of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in December 1992 is a watershed in the politics of independent India. This book narrates how Ayodhya's inhabitants experienced the events that led upto and followed the destruction.It argues that the chain of events they describe is the end-product of a century's efforts to convert Hindus into a 'proper' modern nation and a conventional ethnic majority. Woven into the narrative is an analysis of the culture of communal conflict, the nature of organized mass violence, and the political psychology of Hindu nationalism.PRESS REVIEWS:The book relentlessly probes the only question we have been fighting shy of since that fateful day. How will the demolition of the Babri Masjid go down in the history of India? Daring and unprecedented theorization. = The TelegraphThe book is beautifully documented. . . the narrative is gripping and reveals hitherto unknown details. = The Indian ExpressIt covers extensive ground . . . and throws up provocative ideas. = The Book ReviewAUTHORS: Ashis Nandy is a Senior Fellow and Director, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. Shikha Trivedy is an established freelance journalist. Shail Mayaram is Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur. Achut Yagnik is a noted human rights activist.
PrefaceCHAPTER ONEPART IThe BeginningPART IIThe PastCHAPTER TWO PART IIIThe Battle for the BirthplacePART IVContending ReactionsCHAPTER THREEPART VCreating a NationalityPART VIFamily BusinessCHAPTER FOURPART VIIHindutva as a Savarna PuranaPART VIIIViolence and SurvivalCHAPTER FIVEPART IXThe Aftermath and the Ruins - IPART XThe Aftermath and the Ruins - IICHAPTER SIXPART XIThe Final AssaultPART XIIAyodhya's 'First' RiotIndex