Ayodhya, the Battle for India’s Soul: Chapter 6 – Wall Street Journal (India) (blog)
By Krishna Pokharel and Paul Beckett
[This Wall Street Journal investigation is running in serialized form on India Real Time all this week. Read chapters one, two, three, four and five. In this final chapter, a visit to Ayodhya today and some thoughts on the potency of the dispute to reignite the nation.]
The road from Faizabad to Ayodhya is thick with bikes, cars, horses, rickshaws, and vegetable stalls. Goats graze in the roadside mud.
Ayodhya itself bears few of the hallmarks of the economic expansion that has transformed other Indian towns and cities. The streets are wide,…