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Ayodhya: 6 December 1992

P.V. Narasimha Rao (Author)
Synopsis P.V. Narasimha Rao was the prime minister of India when, in December 1992, kar sevaks, flouting a Supreme Court order, streamed into Ayodhya in thousands. On 6 December, to the horror of the entire nation, they attacked the Babri Masjid and began to demolish the structure. The communal riots that followed ripped apart the secular fabric of the nation. Even today, the Ramjanmabhoomi–Babri Masjid dispute has not been resolved, and Ayodhya remains a hotbed of political intrigue and communal tension. Could nothing have been done to prevent what happened at Ayodhya on 6 December 1992? Why did the Union government take no action when the kar sevaks were flouting a Supreme Court order? Why were paramilitary forces not deployed to protect the Babri Masjid when it was under imminent threat? Why did the state government of Uttar Pradesh not intervene in any way, and why did senior BJP leaders watch helplessly even as the mosque was being torn down? And why did it take so long for President’s Rule to be imposed on the state? Ayodhya: 6 December 1992 records Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao’s view of what really happened at Ayodhya, and why. Comparing the 6 December 1992 incident with the unsuccessful attack on the Babri Masjid by kar sevaks in 1990 (when Mulayam Singh Yadav was chief minister of UP and a Janata Dal government ruled at the Centre), Rao discloses in no uncertain terms how the issue of building a Ram mandir at Ayodhya was politicized for electoral benefit. Discussing Article 356 of the Constitution at length, he explains why it was inadvisable to place UP under President’s Rule. Drawing on the Supreme Court order, parliamentary proceedings, eyewitness reports and his own political insights, he presents a comprehensive account of the machinations that led to the attack on the Babri Masjid, and indicates who might have gained from it, and how. Written in the mid-’90s, after Rao stepped down as prime minister, and published posthumously according to the author’s wishes, this book is the key to understanding one of the most important political moments of modern history, and to recognizing the dangers of exploiting religious sentiments for narrow electoral benefits.
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About the author

P.V. Narasimha Rao

Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao served as Congress minister in Andhra Pradesh, and became chief minister of the state in 1971. In 1973, he was elected to the Lok Sabha, and went on to hold several cabinet posts under Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, including those of foreign minister and home minister. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991, Rao was chosen to lead the Congress party, and became prime minister of India. Leading a minority government, Rao was the first prime minister from outside the Gandhi-Nehru family to serve out a full five-year term. Rao resigned as Congress president after the party lost the 1996 general elections. He died in December 2004.

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Title Ayodhya: 6 December 1992
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0670058580
length 336p.