Ayodhya and Babri Masjid (Amy Allocco 2020)

Books

Babb, Lawrence A. 2019. Religion in India: Past and Present. Dunedin Academic Press. (last two chapters)

Gandhi, Ramchandra. Sita’s Kitchen: A Testimony of Faith and Inquiry. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1992.

Nath, Ram R. Architecture & Site of the Baburi Masjid of Ayodhya: A Historical Critique. Jaipur: Historical Research Documentation Programme, 1991.

Jain, Meenakshi. The Battle for Rama: Case of the Temple at Ayodhya (2017)

 

Articles 

Herman, Phyllis. “Sita in the Kitchen: The Pativrata and Ramarajya” in Manushi

Herman, P. “Relocating Rāmarājya: Perspectives on Sītā’s Kitchen in Ayodhyā.” Hindu Studies 2, 157–184 (1998).

Narayanan, Vasudha. “The Strains of Hindu-Muslim Relations: Babri Masjid, Rituals, Music, and other Areas where the Traditions Cleave.” Hinduism and Secularism: After Ayodhya, edited by Arvind Sharma. London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2001, 159-202. (few pages contextualizing this with earlier political and social history—Shah Bano case and the very different dynamics until the 1990s in Tamil Nadu)

Truschke, Audrey. 2019. “The Ayodhya Verdict is a cornerstone of the Hindu Rashtra.” The Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture, December 15, 2019.         (available here: https://rutgers.academia.edu/AudreyTruschke)

 

Films
Anand Patwardhan’s controversial documentary made *before* the demolition of the masjid provides one important viewpoint:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMT18TMNQbY

See also his additional statement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV2RLiXnH24

 

News articles

Article discussing the Indian legal concept of the “juristic personhood” of Hindu deities (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50053301)

About KK Muhammed (only Muslim member of the Archaelogical Survey of India team that did excavations at the Babri Masjid site in 1976-77), who states that the excavations they conducted revealed remains of a large Hindu temple below the mosque.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ram-temple-existed-before-babri-mosque-in-ayodhya-archaeologist-kk-muhammed/articleshow/71391712.cms

NY Times (August 5, 2020) https://nyti.ms/2DA7jMs

Editorial from The Hindu on the day in 1992 when Babri Masjid was destroyed.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/unforgivable-editorial-on-the-babri-masjid-demolition-published-by-the-hindu-on-december-7-1992/article21272508.ece?utm_campaign=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR0FUGG1z0R_b8UPpOpJt_DW3lSPe7vIF_F710-hlqvI19pUDgt3L6R5XwA

https://theprint.in/in-pictures/unseen-photos-of-how-babri-masjid-demolition-was-planned-and-executed-in-1992/474297/

https://theprint.in/opinion/secularism-language-religion-ayodhya-bhoomi-pujan-ram-mandir-kashmir/475307/

https://theprint.in/judiciary/as-ram-mandir-construction-begins-28-yr-old-babri-demolition-trial-could-miss-deadline-again/474918/

https://thewire.in/communalism/there-stood-a-mosque-in-ayodhya-and-it-was-demolished

https://thewire.in/law/the-ayodhya-verdict-the-poems-that-could-have-changed-history

https://thewire.in/politics/supreme-court-suggests-court-settlement-ayodhya-dispute

https://theprint.in/judiciary/supreme-court-dismisses-18-petitions-seeking-review-of-ayodhya-verdict/334143/

https://theprint.in/theprint-essential/the-subtle-difference-between-modis-jai-siya-ram-greeting-and-jai-shri-ram/476227/

https://www.isas.nus.edu.sg/papers/the-indian-supreme-courts-ayodhya-verdict-aiming-to-strike-a-balance/

 

Articles with timelines:

Menon, Jaya and Supriya Varma. “Was There a Temple under the Babri Masjid? Reading the Archaeological ‘Evidence’.” Economic and Political Weekly 45. 50, 11 Dec, 2010. https://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/in-focus/article/ayodhya-verdict-what-are-the-existing-structures-in-the-2-77-acre-land/513245

https://swarajyamag.com/politics/ahead-of-ram-mandirs-bhoomi-pujan-heres-a-brief-history-of-how-the-battle-was-won-in-indian-courts

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/from-babri-masjid-to-ram-temple-a-timeline-of-events-in-ayodhya-6540033/