Saturday, May 05, 2007

Should a temple be allowed to dictate national policy?

I have never been a fan of this urban eyesore of gigantic proportions (in other words the Akshardham Temple) on the bank of Yamuna. But what caught my attention recently were reports that the managing trust of the temple has stalled the Delhi Development Authority's plans to have highrises and five-star hotels in the vicinity (all related to the preparations for the Commonwealth Games) because it would "violate the sanctity of the temple". And if you remember, the same DDA, backed by other government organs, had pleaded against the Ministry of Environment and Forests initial objections to having any permanent structure on the river bank, only to have it reassessed later in its favour.


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