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The spectacle of a prime minister performing the ‘bhumi pujan’ for his political parivar’s temple in Ayodhya did not enhance the stature of the world’s largest democracy.

August 5 was a difficult day for anyone who still believes in the idea of a secular and democratic India. The spectacle of a prime minister performing the ‘bhumi pujan’ for his political parivar’s temple in Ayodhya did not enhance the stature of the world’s largest democracy, one that incidentally is also home to over 200 million Muslims.