December 2017
Public Sector Banking and the Unmet Expectations of Rural India

As public sector banks fall short of meeting rural India's credit requirements, the money lender, often usurious, has re-emerged as a key financial pl

"Prosecution miserably failed to prove any charge": 2G Spectrum Case Judgment [PDF]

"There is no evidence on the record produced before the Court indicating any criminality in the acts allegedly committed by the accused persons r

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The Babri Masjid Demolition Case: The Will to Delay and Deflect

On December 6, 1992 a frenzied mob of kar sevaks pulled down the Babri Masjid in the presence of Lal Krishna Advani and other top Sangh Parivar leade

A Winter of Anguish: On Ayodhya from Bradford

For a young anthropologist living in the U.K.’s largely Pakistani neighbourhood, Bradford, news of the demolition of Babri Masjid was a bombshell.

Demolishing History; Constructing an Imagined Past

The demolition of Babri Masjid 25 years ago, was the culmination of a long process of Hinduisation which had its roots in the revivalist–reformist mov

Ayodhya and India's Descent to a Divided Democracy

The story of India’s democracy since the Ayodhya demolition has been one of the withering away of foundational values. Sukumar Muralidharan, Associ

'Sarkari media said Babri Masjid was damaged; but it was gone'

Reporting fast-paced breaking news is always an interesting challenge. On December 6, 1992, when the Babri Masjid was being demolished, Qurban Ali,

The Terrible Bequest of December 6, 1992

Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, Senior Associate Editor, Frontline, has covered the Ayodhya issue since 1986 when the locks of the makeshift temple

"The days have grown more difficult but I haven’t lost hope"

"For the first time in my life I felt I was a Muslim, a defeated and humiliated Muslim. It was not the India of my dreams and my beliefs. I grew

You can't posit Ram against Lakshmi to those without jobs: Pavan K. Varma

Pawan K. Varma, the national spokesperson of the Janata Dal (United), and until recently advisor to the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar,

"Counterfeit politics has communalised all aspects of our lives": An Open Letter from Lalu Prasad Yadav to Fellow Citizens

"This was no demolition of a mere mosque. It was, in its effect, a beginning of the era in India when politics of deception and trickery of the Sangh

"When the Last Dome Fell"

On December 6, 1992, when the Babri Masjid was razed to a rubble by a frenzied group of kar sevaks, a young journalist, Sajeda Momin, who was a

A year after Jayalalithaa: Tamil Nadu’s Fuzzy Politics

The AIADMK government has moved away from the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and party supremo, Jayalalithaa’s fundamental doctrine of dealing with th

India has not taken education seriously since independence: Prof. Krishna Kumar

India's education system has remained a much-discussed, but less understood social issue. Its linkages with development are complex, and so are the ec