Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Islam and the Media
28 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Ayodhya or Saket: Partisan Historiography

By Ram Puniyani

The claim of Hindutva forces that there was a Ram Temple there, which was demolished by Mughal Emperor Babar to build a mosque has been refuted by many a scholars and film makers. Many a valuable documentaries have also weighed the claims of RSS family about the Ram Temple being there at the Babri mosque and that it was a birth place of Ram. This yet another film on the topic not only demolishes the claims of Ram Temple and birth place of Ram, but also brings to our attention, in a serious way the claims of Buddhists that whole Ayodhya was the place of Buddhists and that many a Buddha places have been destroyed by king Pushyamitra Shung and others, who undertook to wipe away Buddhism form India. In a more profound way the film establishes the symbolism of demolishing Babri Masjid, not just being anti Muslim, but also anti Dalit also. -- Ram Puniyani

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