ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Rhetoric and Reality

Rhetoric and Reality IF the storming of the disputed Babri Masjid structure in Ayodhya is a sign of the disillusionment that is setting in among a section of the BJP-VHP-led movement, it is equally a portent of things to come. For while the combine has consistently asserted that the building of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple is a matter of faith and no court can sit in judgment over the matter, it has never quite stuck its neck out on the legal front. It is the rhetoric which has mobilised the mass of saffron- clad youth who comprise the 'forces' of the Bajrang Dal and the VHP and has kept up the frenetic pitch of the movement, but the reality is different because it has to provide for the growth and survival of a political party which can seek power only through parliamentary forms. It is this disjunction between rhetoric and reality which is becoming apparent to those sections who have been drawn into the temple movement by the shrill rhetoric The activities in Ayodhya over the past month are indicative of the exceeding care being exercised not to openly challenge the legal parameters

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