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Back in Time, Ep 1: Anand Patwardhan on religious extremism

Diving into independent India’s sociopolitical, cultural and economic history with Kunal Kamra.

WrittenBy:NL Team

Welcome to Back In Time, our brand new show hosted by Kunal Kamra. Kunal sits down with writers, filmmakers, journalists, lawyers and economists to, well, go back in time and discuss critical moments in independent India’s history.

In episode 1, Kunal revisits 1990s India with documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. Anand takes us back to his time shooting Ram Ke Naam, which explored the sociopolitical climate leading up to the Babri Masjid demolition. Hindu fundamentalism drummed up wide support for the demolition, he says, adding specifically about BJP grandee LK Advani’s mobilisation campaign, “Wherever the rath yatra went, people were being killed.”

They also discuss how patriarchy and caste played into the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.


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