Much has changed since December 6, 1992. A new phase has appeared on the horizon of Inter- faith Dialogue which, of late, has assumed a more cosy and relaxed course in intellectual exercise. The process of structured dialogue, a situation that was the hallmark of the ecumenically sponsored theology of dialogue in India, almost came to a jolting halt. Doubt about its utility and purpose was raised. The adjustment process, with some accommodative postures, was not yet complete when new phase suddenly erupted. A massive, violent reaction followed from the minority community, belonging not to the periphery of Ayodhya but distant places in Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamilnadu. It took a considerable toll of human life and property. The distrust of one minority community toward others penetrated deep into people’s conscious and sub-conscious psyche, as different tones and languages started to appear from rival religious and political leaders of our great motherland.
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