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Diversity to divinity

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:629
  1. Jammi Rao, public health physicians,
  2. Sam Ramaiah, public health physicians
  1. West Midlands

    In the fortnight in which nail bombs tore through ethnic minority neighbourhoods in Brixton and Brick Lane and brought mayhem to Soho, a little known, relatively unpublicised event took place in the Midlands that should give hope to all who wish for harmony between Britain's communities.

    This event was the consecration of a new Hindu temple on 13 acres of derelict land set in the bleak industrial landscape of Tividale in Sandwell.

    Sitting out in the unexpected sunshine of a May bank holiday weekend we contemplated a scene that represented everything that a tolerant multicultural society stood for and that defied the perversely logical potential of nail bombs to spread fear and discord. The need for tight security—after all, a government minister was among the …

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