13 July 2009


It is, of course, good to hear that many Indians "feel that the new, forward-looking India of the 21st century has moved on from the divisive, temple-mosque politics of the last century." However, you cannot be sure that a Babri Masjid type incident will never be repeated.

I have a horrible fear that one day someone will claim to have found a statue of a Hindu deity while digging in the fields near the Taj Mahal.

This could well lead to a "Taj girao" movement on the grounds that it’s been built over the ruins of an ancient temple. Let’s hope my fears don’t materialise.

Shakir Lakhani
Khaleej Times, 13 July 2009