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Masters of manipulation

Print edition : December 13, 2013

This image from a video shows of an artist's rendering of a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to be put up on the Sadhu Bet island in the Narmada river in Gujarat. Photo: REUTERS/HANDOUT

The makeshift temple at the spot where the Babri Masjid stood in Ayodhya. Photo: Subir Roy

The subtext of Narendra Modi’s counterfactual about a putative Vallabhbhai Patel prime ministerial stint is the Sangh Parivar’s assumption that the destiny of the Indian “nation” has always been, and continues to be, in the direction of a Hindu “rashtra”.
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