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Blast From The Past

The terrorist attack, if nothing else, backdates Advani into his old charioteer days. Will he pick up the yokes? Updates

Blast From The Past
Nirala Tripathi
Blast From The Past
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From Jinnah, it's back to Jai Shri Ram for the BJP. The six terrorists who made the audacious attempt to blow up the Ram lalla temple in Ayodhya last week may have been killed by security forces at the fortified complex. But going by the BJP rhetoric, it's all a conspiracy striking at the heart of Indian nationhood. The incantations that followed the terror strike were all too familiar. A sinister jehadi plot. An insult to Hindu pride. Nation under threat. Hinduism under attack. Jai Shri Ram.

But this time the robotic chanting was accompanied by some soul-searching down the rank and file. Would the old mantra work? If it wasn't working, why were partymen being compelled to waste time adopting 'Hindu' postures? As a BJP leader who had dashed to Ayodhya put it, "We want to be engaged in everyday politics. But circumstances are such that we seem to have no choice when it comes to matters of faith."

So, thirteen years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the disputed shrine...

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