In the Name of God
(Ram ke Naam)
1992 | Colour | 75 mins | Hindi with English subtitles
On the occasion of the exhibition A beast, a god, and a line, Para Site is pleased to present a special screening of the film In the Name of God bywith an introductory talk by film and cultural theorist
India was established as a secular nation following its independence in 1947, yet religious fundamentalism grips much of its population, especially and increasingly amongst the Hindu majority. The film focuses on the militant organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and their campaign to destroy a 16th-century mosque presumed to have been built by, the first Mughal Emperor of India, in Ayodhya. The VHP claims the mosque was constructed at the site of a Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord birthplace, which was razed to the ground by . This controversial issue, which successive governments have refused to resolve, has led to religious riots costing thousands their lives. This finally culminated in the mosque’s destruction in December of 1992 by Hindu radicals; resulting in religious violence that immediately spread throughout India, Pakistan and Bangladesh leaving over five thousand dead and thousands homeless. The VHP’s initial and ultimate goal has been to build a new temple for Lord on the same site.
Filmed prior to the mosque’s demolition, In the Name of God examines the motivations which would ultimately lead to the drastic actions taken by the Hindu militants, as well as the efforts of secular Indians of all creeds to combat the religious intolerance.
In conjunction to the screening,will present an insightful talk on the development of independent documentaries at these crucial junctures in modern Indian politics.