26th February 2017
I’ve mentioned this many times before but can’t readily locate it, so I’m keeping my FB comment made today here, for the public record.
SUBHENDU PATHAK: A liberal party promising to build the temple in Ayodhya, and at the same time retaining all the liberal economic reforms in its manifesto, would, at least, have a chance of winning in elections. If such a party were to win in an election, with the support of various religious organizations in India, and act on its manifesto, the ensuing economic freedom, which is a necessary condition for civil and political freedom, may, and counterintuitively enough, bring to the people of India, liberty in its true sense.
MY RESPONSE: – there can be no liberal party which advocates the dabbling of the state in matters of religion.
What I’ve advocated is that all such government land be divested (auctioned off) under overall regulator control (e.g. maintaining heritage). I assume that Hindu groups will put their money where their mouth is and buy off Babri Masjid land. That’s the only solution compatible with liberalism.