The Newsletter 61 Autumn 2012

Of methods and aims: The field of archaeology in colonial India

Sraman Mukherjee

On a chilly winter morning of December 6, 1992, Ayodhya, a small town in eastern Uttar Pradesh (a province in Northern India), gripped the attention of the entire nation. On that day a mosque in the centre of the town, the Babri Masjid, became the target of violent destruction by the volunteers of a cluster of militant ultra-Hindu organizations, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Bajrang Dal, and their common electoral forum represented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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