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22 Jan 2024

Ayodhya: India’s PM inaugurates Hindu temple on hotly disputed religious site

Ayodhya has been one of the most hotly contested arguments on the planet – in theory affecting well over a billion people. In his speech today consecrating the new Hindu temple there, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said people would talk of this in a thousand years time.

The temple is where Hindus believe the deity Ram was born – akin to Jesus for Christians. And in 1992 a Hindu mob tore down a sixteenth century Muslim mosque they claimed had been built on the ruins of the original Hindu temple. In the last thirty years alone thousands have died over this. In a nation where religion and politics were supposed to be separate – they became more intertwined than ever today.