4 min read.Updated: 08 Jan 2019, 12:33 PM ISTManu Joseph
Arguments have risen in primacy because they provide the farcical optics of democratic procedure
About 15 years ago, I visited a Hindu temple in Karachi. At the entrance stood a Hindu male in a Pathan suit waving a cane to drive away Muslims. Every now and then he screamed, “Jai Shiv Shankar". When I tried to enter, he told me that Muslims were not allowed inside. I told him I was Indian. He asked to see my passport. He was confused when he learned I had a Christian surname, but because I was Indian, he decided to let me in. I told him I would have thought it very dangerous for a Hindu to stand in a temple in the heart of Karachi and wave a stick at Muslims to deny them entry. He said he had rights. In another temple in the city, I saw a group of Muslim girls begging a cantankerous old woman to let them in. We just want to look, they said. “Then go to the zoo," the unyielding old woman said.