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Babri Masjid, 25 Years On

Sameena Dalwai (Editor) Ramu Ramanathan (Editor) Irfan Engineer (Editor)

The date 6 December, 2017 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya—when a violent mob attacked and brought down the medieval structure. The event dramatically altered the socio-political trajectory of India; through the violence that unleashed across the country and the irreparable chasm created between communities. For many, it defined their social and political commitments as well as future professional and creative pathways.

The present volume is a collection of intensely personal, reflective, and even emotional memories of a few who witnessed the event and lived through the painful times that followed. Journalists, activists and artists go down the memory lanes in this anthology, offering us glimpses of the violence, despair, hope and resistance they experienced. Through the well-remembered personal accounts, this compilation brings individual truth-telling on par with analysis.

With fifteen unique essays containing personal anecdotes that are supplemented by relevant contextual information, this commemorative book presents the reader with the reality that may be forgotten or that which seems unfamiliar, along with the truths that have gone unacknowledged.

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About the authors

Sameena Dalwai

Dr Sameena Dalwai is Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for Women, Law and Social Change, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. She has an LLM from Warwick and PhD from Keele, UK, and researches on caste, gender, sexuality and law. She has worked as a lawyer with human rights organisations in Mumbai as well as health NGOs in rural Maharashtra and writes non-fiction in Marathi.

Ramu Ramanathan

Ramu Ramanathan is a Mumbai-based journalist and playwright-poet. His plays include Cotton 56 Polyester 84, Jazz, Postcards from Bardoli, Mahadevbhai 1892–1942, and The Boy Who Stopped Smiling. His book 3 Sakina Manzil and other Plays is a collection of eight Indian plays. His collection of poems, My Encounters With a Peacock is recently published. He has been the editor of PrintWeek India for the past decade.

Irfan Engineer

Irfan Engineer is Director, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, and Managing Editor, Indian Journal of Secularism. He is the recipient of Peace Ambassador Award by Universal Peace Foundation. He has written several books and articles on communal violence in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Babri Masjid, 25 Years On
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.12.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9386397552, 9789386397553
length 232p.