• “Disputed Site Transformed How Ayodhya Sees Itself”

    Pragya Singh in conversation with Valay Singh

    December 6, 2019

    Ayodhya had historically been revered by the Hindus as well as by its Muslim residents as a region where Sufism flourished. But today's Ayodhya, post the Babri demolition and a long standing dispute, survives off its overt religiosity, mostly off temple tourism, and it may never be the same again. Valay Singh, journalist and author of Ayodhya: City of Faith, City of Discord, sets the historical debates straight in this most fractious of issues.


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    Valay Singh is an independent journalist based in Delhi. He has been widely published in newspapers and magazines like the Economic Times, Himal Southasian, The Wire, Daily O and Outlook. Ayodhya: City of Faith, City of Discord is his first book.

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