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Modi's political motives behind Ayodhya Hindu temple consecration

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2024

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi this week turned the consecration of the controversial Hindu Ayodhya temple into a massive national event. He invited, 8,000 VIPs including Bollywood stars, Hindu religious leaders, politicians and diplomats. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims also made their way to the town.

Vikram Visana argues that the inauguration of the temple has little to do with Hindu religious doctrine. Rather it is aimed at energising Modi’s political base among Hindu nationalists ahead of national elections due in April or May this year. And is allied to other strategies for forging Hindu unity while publicly humiliating Muslims.

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