Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the construction of a Hindu temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, after centuries of conflict with the Muslim community, which could further increase the tension between the two confessions.
The president, whose entourage has deposited a 40-kilo silver brick, has arrived in the area amid religious songs from the Hindu community. Wherever the remains of an old mosque can be seen, he prayed during a ceremony.
“Today, a long wait for Hindus in India ends and the construction of this temple will allow the country to write a new golden chapter,” said Modi, noting that “many will not believe that they are living in this moment.”
For his nationalist party Bharatiya Janata (BJP), the construction of this temple in Ayodhya has been a campaign promise for decades. “Ram (one of his most revered deities) has lived in a shop for years. Now he will have a large temple built by his believers,” he said, according to the NDTV network.