Sunday, December 31, 2000

Hindu nationalists in India want to build a Hindu temple on the site of a mosque which they destroyed. The intentionally ambiguous position taken on this issue by the governing party in India has damaged the reputation of the party and raised the spectre of religious conflict in India. This is a good article on the problem. Why is it that radical nationalists always seem to prevail? Is it because their fanatacism leads them to continue to push forward until they win? How do liberal democracies avoid this problem? (I suppose one way to avoid the problem is for mainstream political parties not to stoop to pander to radicals.)