Little in life is more risible than hashtag activism, and a few wasted minutes checking out #Ayodhya, for instance, will show you why. Can armchair warriors really not see how ridiculous they are? Subramanian Swamy is the chief rabble rouser, but most people will have nodded in recognition at a recent tweet about how “Buddhu” (i.e. Rahul Gandhi) would “rush” to Ayodhya to witness the building of a Ram temple if “election imminent”. Rahul’s recent temple tour and the farcical “Hindu, non-Hindu” kerfuffle doesn’t fill anyone with confidence about the quality of public debate or that principles rather than expedience is at the heart of Indian public life. Even the high-minded attempt by prominent filmmakers and activists among others to involve themselves in Supreme Court proceedings is about keeping the peace rather than honest discussion.