August 4, 2020

India’s Modi to lay Hindu temple foundations at flashpoint holy site

Ayodhya (India) (AFP) – The flashpoint Indian town of Ayodhya geared up Tuesday for a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundations for a Hindu temple on the ruins of a mosque destroyed by a mob in 1992.The building of the temple in northern India, starting on Wednesday with a colourful rite broadcast live on TV, has long been a pledge of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.A mosque stood on the site for almost 500 years until it was demolished by Hindu zealots in 1992.That sparked riots across the country in which 2,000 people, mainly Muslims, died — so…


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