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World News January 27, 2024

Indian PM opens controversial temple

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened a grand temple to the Hindu god Ram on Monday on a site believed to be his birthplace. It was seen as a celebratory event for Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Modi and his party have portrayed the temple opening as part of a Hindu renaissance after centuries of subjugation by foreign invaders and colonial powers.

The site was a mosque till 1992, when members of the Hindu right-wing including from the BJP tore it down and called for a temple to be built there. Modi rode to the office of prime minister in 2014 on a Hindu nationalist platform that included a promise to build the temple. Temple construction began after the Supreme Court permitted it in 2019 on condition that Muslims received another plot for a mosque.

Source – CGTN

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