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RAM KE NAAM (In the Name of God)

Anand Patwardhan / India / 1992 / 90 ' / Hindi - English / S.T. English


Anand Patwardhan
Anand Patwardhan

Awards & Festivals

Documentary Award, Fribourg International Film Festival, 1993
Citizens' Prize, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 1993

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A film that spiked controversy and censorship for documenting the religious violence of the Hindu right-wing organisation Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).


RAM KE NAAM (IN THE NAME OF GOD) is a 1992 documentary by acclaimed Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. The film explores the campaign waged by the militant Hindu right-wing organisation Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) to build a Hindu temple at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, as well as the communal violence that it triggered.

The Babri Masjida 16th century Muslim mosque believed to have been built by Babar, the first Mughal Emperor of Indiais said to have been built on the birthplace of Ram. This claim is also staked by other temples to Ram across India.

Anand Patwardhan’s films have been repeatedly banned and censored by the Indian government, deemed to be "anti-Indian" for their critique of Hindu nationalism, religious extremism and state oppression of Dalits and Muslims. RAM KE NAAM offers an important snapshot of one period of India's turn from secularism to an increasingly apartheid state.






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