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Ayodhya: The Finale

Koenraad Elst (Author)

Science has made considerable progress, to the point of being able to decide many historical riddles such as whether a given site has a history as a place of worship. With the modern techniques available, it is rather absurd that there should be a controversy over such a simple and easily verifiable matter. It is incredible that there has been a yes/no game over the existence of temple remains at the disputed site for about fifteen years, when the matter could be scientifically decided in no time. Worse: even when science was the most eminent academics. And when the scientific findings known, he too was opposed by the learned academics of the day, not just by the Pope. But that was a few centuries ago, when they were still steeped in theology rather than in science. I thought we had moved on since then.

Given the importance of the Ayodhya dispute and the author's old familiarity with it, he engages in this polemic once more. When dogmatic ideologues are giving scientists the kind of treatment which the experts of the Archaeological Survey of India have been receiving from the "eminent historians" and assorted Babri Masjid lobbyists, it is time to stand up and be counted. He wants to be counted among those who defend the freedom of research and the scientific method, rather than among those who shriek and howl about some evil spirit in whose name every lie becomes justified, and whom they call "secularism".

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About the author

Koenraad Elst

Forty three year-old Belgiam author of more than 15 books on Indian nationalism, history, politics, religious conflict and such topics, Koenraad Elst was born in Leuven, Belgium, on 7 August 1959. He is a graduate of Indian and Chinese Studies and of Philosophy from the University of Leuven. His books include the massive, two-volume The Saffron Swastika: The Notion of 'Hindu Fascism', Decolonizing the Hindu Mind, Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society, Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate, and others. His works range from a discussion of multiculturalism and language policy issues to ancient Chinese history and philosophy, comparative religion, and the Aryan invasion debate.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ayodhya: The Finale
Author Koenraad Elst
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Voice of India
Language: English
isbn 8185990778
length viii+58p., 23cm.