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This we, in Kerala saw in run to last parliament elections. His book, 'Why I am a Hindu' and the @INCIndia projecting @RahulGandhi as Janeu-Dhari Hindu were not coincidental (3/n)
We have seen his flip-flops before. A good example was #Sabarimala Women Entry Issue. Note, what he said in 2010: google.com/amp/s/www.ndtv…

He then said that "there is nothing sacrosanct about social practices...
Again, he welcomed Supreme Court verdict allowing women to enter #sabarimala : newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/…

He said: "Every time a historic change came, there were a lot of traditionalists who resisted"
He did a U-turn here, flirting with majoritarianism: theprint.in/opinion/why-sa…

He said: "abstract notions of constitutional principles should also get social acceptance." He relied on some 'informal' surveys as measure of social acceptance.
He considered basic democratic principle of Equality (Art 14) as 'an abstract notion' that we should disregard if the majority opinion is against it.
If this is not blatant defence of majoritarianism, what it is?
Going by this logic, it is quite natural to guess what his opinion would be #RamMandir case.
For now, he says Babri Masjid demolition was blot on India's conscience. (Even Vajpey has said so).
The argument goes like this: "....faiths of millions has to be respected... If there is evidence of a temple there, ideally there would have been a case for #RamMandir. (Ideally without destroying the masjid).
Would he advocate the same route if some Buddhist group demand #Sabarimala temple back ? Or some Jaina group claim absolute rights over KoodalManikya temple? (For there are good enough historical evidences)
Certainly it would cause chaos and is a practical impossibility. So gist of Tharoor's argument is not history, not evidence, but so called 'popular lore' and belief of millions. That simply means 'BELIEF OF THE MAJORITY'.
He also says: "Now matter is before the courts, I will leave it here". However we know how this 'Instinctive Liberal' reacted when the court finally gave it's decision in #SabarimalaWomenEntry.
And regarding #Article370Scrapped . I would be delighted if he could explained how it is a temporary provision, provided a constitution bench of the Supreme Court in 1959 has already said that the provision is permanent.
And find a constitutional way to abrogate #Article370
I regret having misquoted @ShashiTharoor yesterday, but stand by my words that I would still not be surprised if I hear him advocate building of #RamMandir irrespective of what the Supreme Court might say.
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