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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