Anatomy of a Confrontation: Ayodhya and the Rise of Communal Politics in India

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Sarvepalli Gopal
Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 15, 1993 - Political Science - 240 pages
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With the rise of the Hindu fundamentalist BJP as a significant electoral force nationwide and now the second most powerful party, Indian politics are in the process of a major shift in character. Not only is the shaky hold of Congress on power threatened by this dynamic party with its overt appeal to religious chauvinism, but the secular nature of the Indian state and delicate balance of relations between diverse religious communities are at stake.
  

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Contents

Preface
vii
Sarvepalli Copal
22
How the British Saw the Issue
38
Legal Aspects to the Issue
58
InterCommunity
99
Myth History and the Politics of Ramjanmabhumi 722
122
A Historical Perspective on the Story of Rama
141
Colonialism and Communalism
164
HinduMuslim Relations Before and After 1947 779
179
Asghar All Engineer
193
Notes on the Authors
219
Index
233
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