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     1'''Ram Ke Naam''' 
     4aka In the Name of God 
     51992 90’ col Hindi 
     6d/p/c Anand Patwardhan 
     7The 2nd part of Patwardan’s investigation of 
     8communalism in contemporary India (Una 
     9Mitterandi Yaad Pyari, 1989). The film, shot 
     10on 16mm, addresses the rise of a fanatic Hindu 
     11right wing and its exploitation of the Ayodhya 
     12temple in its bid for power. The Ramayana 
     13suggests Ayodhya was the God Ram’s 
     14birthplace. In 1528, one of the Mughal Emperor 
     15Babar’s noblemen built the Babri Masjid 
     16mosque there. In the late 19th C., both Hindus 
     17and Muslims began claiming the site as a place 
     18of worship. Since 1984, the Vishwa Hindu 
     19Parishad, a militant Hindu organisation allied 
     20with the BJP, rekindled and converted the old 
     21dispute into a nationwide political programme, 
     22affirming that the very spot where the mosque 
     23was built marks Ram’s birthplace. They called 
     24for the mosque to be demolished and for a 
     25Hindu temple to be erected instead. In 1990, 
     26the BJP’s leader, L.K. Advani, went on a ‘Rath 
     27Yatra’, a chariot procession from Somnath to 
     28Ayodhya, inciting violent communal riots en 
     29route. Advani’s arrest led to the downfall of V.P. 
     30Singh’s minority Janata Dal government and, 
     31later that year, to the violent Kar Seva 
     32(reconstruction) programme that saw, amid 
     33several killings, VHP men take over the 
     34mosque. Since then the Hindu fanatics have 
     35used the issue as a bargaining ploy against the 
     36ruling Congress regime. Patwardhan follows 
     37some of the infamous Rath Yatra and 
     38documents the Kar Seva itself, exposing the 
     39link between the local police and the militant 
     40mobs. Interviewing his subjects while 
     41operating the camera, Patwardhan has most of 
     42his speakers address the camera directly, 
     43revealing, often indirectly, their actual 
     44motivations. Patwardhan also includes the 
     45confession of the man who was employed to 
     46aggravate communal strife by placing idols in 
     47the temple and the remarkable statements of 
     48the priest in charge of the temple (who was 
     49later assassinated for his anti-communalist