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Grandstanding at Ayodhya but no closer to a solution

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Sunday saw the drumbeats for a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya reach a feverish pitch with VHP and Shiv Sena’s show of strength in the temple town. That even RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat turned up in solidarity reveals why the optics of the event was important. The central legislation demanded by VHP and Shiv Sena is unlikely before Supreme Court can deliver its judgment. BJP’s top leaders, in contrast, are demanding that SC hear the case from January and not delay it any longer.

The return of the Ram Mandir to Indian political centrestage has seen interesting turns in the past one year. There are both political and judicial dimensions to how........

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