Modi Dominates Ayodhya Hindu Temple Rites

Historic event on Muslim mosque site symbolizes rise of Hindu nationalism

By: John Elliott

Narendra Modi staged a widely televised political coup this morning when he laid a silver brick as a symbolic foundation stone for the construction of India’s controversial Ram temple at Ayodhya on the site of a mosque demolished in 1992.

He was the central figure of the ceremony, establishing Hinduism’s historical role and its dominance …

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