Author: Koenraad Elst
Publisher: East West Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185990778
Given the importance of the Ayodhya dispute and the author's old familiarity with it, he engages in this polemic once more. The book is a synthesis of his two article: "Lost and Found: The Ayodhya Evidence" and "The Secularists and the Ayodhya Excavations Report", written during 2003.
Science has made considerable progress, to the point of being able to decide many historical riddles such as whether a given site has a history as a place of worship. With the modern techniques available, it is rather absurd that there should be a controversy over such a simple and easily verifiable matter.
It is incredible that there has been a yes/no game over the existence of temples remains at the disputed site for about fifteen years, when the matter could be scientifically decided in no time. Worse: even when science was called in to decide, the procedure was opposed by all, of all people, the most eminent academics. And when the scientific findings were made public, they were furiously denounced by more academics.
Science Versus Secularism
Proceeding Stages of the Debate
Escaping the ASI's Final Conclusions
Secular Guilt, Secular Solution