Jain believed that the political-economic order that Jawaharlal
Nehru had fashioned was as much in the throes of death as its
progenitor, the Marxist-Leninist- Stalinist order. Two major planks
of this order, secularism and socialism, had lost much of their old
glitter while the third, non-alignment, had become redundant. By the
same token, re-Hinduization of the country's political domain had
It was not an accident that the
battle between aroused Hindus and the Indian state had been joined
on the question of the Ram temple. For Ram was the exemplar par
excellence for the Hindu public domain. In historic terms,
therefore, the proposed temple was another step towards that goal.
The proper English translation of Hindu rashtra would be Hindu
polity and not Hindu nation.