The Babri Masjid was demolished by kar sewaks on Sunday, 6 December.
With it was shaken an image and an imagination that bound all of us together all these years. Memories of other times, of partition, revisited us and got mixed somewhat hazily with our future. The passage of time and process of change appeared as if they were transient illusions. But that was momentary. Our people and democracy have reestablished their resilience. As we write this report, normalcy is being restored. Curfew is being lifted, place after place, in the 213 places spread across 15 states and a union territory. The convulsions created by the demolition of the mosque, like a crater formation, will take a long time to settle in their final shape. It is perhaps too early to assess and reflect upon its 'impact. Hence this is not a report on the incident and its aftermath. It is a modest attempt to locate resources of hope.