Valson Thampu has a problem folks. “Should we remember Ayodhya? Or is it wiser to consign it to oblivion”, he wants to know. He has self-consciously chosen to couch his personal existential problem in Hamletian language. And that’s not a bad existential dilemma for a Christian priest in India He can leave it to other luna/fanatics belonging to his faith and his sect in the rest of the world to fight for Jerusalem. He has other more important issues on hand. Like the good Christian that he is, the good padre cannot bring himself to equate Jerusalem with Ayodhya. Should ‘we’ remember, he asks or should ‘we’ consign Ayodhya to oblivion. I like the ‘we’ because it is so delightfully undefined. Who is the ‘we’, I am tempted to ask because I did not invite him for a dialogue with me on this issue nor did I ask him to represent me. So who is the ‘we’ folks unless it is the royal ‘we’ befitting of all columnists writing for this paper?
THE SPANISH INQUISITION - THE START OF IT ALL The Inquisition was established in India in 1560. Its activities ceased for a while in 1774 but it was revived five years later in 1778 during the reign of Maria, Queen of Portugal. It was only in 1812 that it was finally abolished.