Diversity to divinityBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7210.629 (Published 04 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:629
- Jammi Rao, public health physicians,
- Sam Ramaiah, public health physicians
- 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 …