The three-day global meeting organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) that began on Monday 12 February focussed more on the need for a “united Hindu society; while the campaign for the Ayodhya temple did not appear to be high on the agenda. Nearly 200,000 VHP supporters, who gathered on the still drenched sandy banks along the holy Sangam or confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers, appeared to be more concerned about the caste and other socio-economic barriers that keep the Hindu society sharply divided.
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