Tem­ple Pol­i­tics

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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.

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