View: Building temples unlikely to pay poll dividends

The bhoomi pujan for the new Ram temple at Ayodhya has hogged the headlines and has been called a historical event by both Hindutva stalwarts and bitter Hindutva critics, with one group cheering and the other groaning about the transition of a secular India into a BJP-Hindutva dominated one.
Forget this hype and razzmatazz. The Ram temple will turn out to be a minor event with no serious political consequences.
When the Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992, I thought that was a gamechanger that …

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