Modi enjoys twin triumphs for Hindu nationalists

Hindu devotees light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu on the eve before the ground-breaking ceremony by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya. – AFP pic, August 5, 2020.

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation for a temple today at a flashpoint holy site exactly a year after imposing direct rule on Muslim-majority Kashmir – twin triumphs for his Hindu nationalist government.

The site of Ayodhya and divided Kashmir have been two of the most divisive communal issues of the past 30 years in India, and Modi has attempted to draw a line under both in his second term.

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