Rāma ke nāma = In the name of God

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  • Creator produced and directed by Anand Patwardhan
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York, N.Y. : First Run/Icarus Films, [1992]
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videocassette (90 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in
  • OCLC ocm54450854
  • Credits
    • Commentary written by Apurwa Yagnik ; camera, Anand Patwardhan ; music, Neela Bhagwat ; Hindi voice, Apurwa Yagnik ; English voice, Sushmita Mukherji


  • Though India is a secular state, religious fundamentalism grips much of its population. This film focuses on efforts by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to destroy a 16th century mosque in Ayodhya supposedly built by Babar, the first Mughal emperor of India. The VHP claim the mosque was built at the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram after Babar razed an existing temple; they are determined to build a new temple to Ram on the same site. This controversial issue, unresolved by successive governments, has led to religious riots costing thousands their lives and culminating in the mosque's destruction by the Hindus in 1992. Examines the motivations that led to the drastic actions of the Hindu militants, as well as the efforts of secular Indians to combat the religious intolerance.


  • Originally produced as a documentary film in India in 1991.
  • VHS.
  • In Hindi and English with English subtitles.
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