Modi Lays Hindu Temple Foundation On The Ruins Of Babri Masjid

Modi Lays Hindu Temple Foundation On The Ruins Of Babri Masjid Destroyed In 1992

Narendra Modi To Launch Construction Of Hindu Temple On The Site Babri Masjid Site

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the construction of a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya. He kicked off the Hindu temple construction on a locus where Babri Masjid was demolished nearly three decades ago to flicker a deadly riot nationwide.

Ayodhya is located in the Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh. According to the epic Ramayana (a sacred Hindu book), many Hindus believe Ayodhya to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. In fact, the right-wing Hindu mob demolished the 16th-century Babri Masjid in 1992, claiming it to be built on the ruins of a temple for Lord Ram.

The nationwide religious riots triggered by it led to more than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, getting killed.

Narendra Modi To Launch Construction Of Hindu Temple On The Site Babri Masjid Site

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Ownership over the site has been claimed by Hindu and Muslim parties for decades. Last year, the never-ending decades-long legal battle was brought to an end. The Indian Supreme Court gave the contested site to Hindus petitioners. Moreover, the court also asked the government to provide Muslims with land within Ayodhya city at a prominent site to build a mosque.

Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a Hindu temple

Amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic, an inauguration of the temple had been scheduled for August 5. As it appears, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have fulfilled a long-term promise to its core electorate.

Narendra Modi To Launch Construction Of Hindu Temple On The Site Babri Masjid Site

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In addition to this, the launch of construction also marks the first anniversary of the crapping by Modi’s government of special privileges for India’s only Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. This has raised another highly contentious issue for Muslims.

Many Muslims in Ayodhya have welcomed the construction of the temple. They are holding onto the hope that it would end years of acrimony with Hindus. Not only that but also helps bring economic growth. However, an influential Muslim group spoke out against it.

Narendra Modi To Launch Construction Of Hindu Temple On The Site Babri Masjid Site

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AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said the Babri Masjid incident will not be erased from Ayodhya’s legacy.

Prior to the launch of the construction of the temple, Modi took part in Hindu rituals. These included the chanting of Vedic mantras by saffron-clad priests to bless the site. The chant of prayers filled the air through the city, located about 687 km southeast of the capital New Delhi. The devotees and monks thronged its numerous ancient temples in celebration.

Twitterati reacts to the construction of Hindu temple

Modi’s government has faced both domestic and global criticism for knowingly neglecting its vast Muslim minority, numbering nearly 200 million.

People are calling out PM Modi for being an extremist

Not only are they enraged but also sad over the replacement!

The subject-matter has caused an uproar on social media. Activists are deploring the action taken by the Indian government with the trending hashtag #BabriZindaHai on Twitter.

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