Savarnas want Bahujans to be their submissive Hanumans

Recently, a Hanuman temple cropped up overnight in the middle of road in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi, the spot where the Delhi High Court had earlier ordered the removal of an old temple. Leaders of all political parties have come out in support of the new temple. Against this backdrop, Bhanwar Meghwanshi observes a shift in Indian politics

A Hanuman temple in the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi was demolished on 9 February this year on the orders of the Delhi High Court. A gentrification drive in the area required the removal of the temple. At a time when temple-building has become a national programme in India, the demolition of a temple dedicated to Hanuman, the great devotee of Ram, was bound to create ripples. It was a godsend for those who are adept in the art of grabbing power in the name of temples.

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