On January 26, India celebrated its 75th Republic Day. The performances and the parade were conducted with routine zest. Perhaps there was the added flair of a diamond jubilee event. It was crisp, routinised revelry biting the rearview mirror dust as the clock struck midnight. Four days earlier, on January 22, there was another undeniably momentous event—the Ram Mandir consecration in Ayodhya. It was a grandiose affair with the Prime Minister himself conducting the pranpratisthan