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Anand Patwardhan

Ram Ke Naam: In the Name of God

by Anand Patwardhan

Ram Ke Naam: In the Name of God

Anand Patwardhan

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This 1991 documentary covers the rise of Hindu nationalism and the runup to the highly contentious demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya.

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Ram Ke Naam: In the Name of God

by Anand Patwardhan

Ram Ke Naam: In the Name of God

Anand Patwardhan

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In the early 1990s, radical Hindu activists led a campaign to demolish a local mosque. Yet the consequences of the demolition would go far beyond a single place of worship, inflaming nationalism and communal violence in the world's second most populous country.

Anand Patwardhan is an Indian filmmaker whose socio-political documentaries like Bombay: Our City and Father, Son, and Holy War have often been censored by the government. In this film, Parwardhan explores the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid and its impact on Indian politics. Repeatedly suppressed in India, the hard-hitting documentary uncovers how politicians fan the flames of violence, using religion and caste to increase their power at the expense of the common people.

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"Saints, I see the world is mad. If I tell the truth they rush to beat me. If I lie they trust me. Hindus claim Ram as the One. Muslims claim Rahim. Then they kill each other, knowing not the essence."

Kabir, 15th century Indian poet

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