Laying of the Foundation stone of Rama temple: Modi presents himself as a Hero of the Hindus

the Moment you've been waiting for India's Hindu nationalists for a long time. You say, for centuries. Prime Minister Narendra modi is now sitting cross-legge

Laying of the Foundation stone of Rama temple: Modi presents himself as a Hero of the Hindus

the Moment you've been waiting for India's Hindu nationalists for a long time. You say, for centuries. Prime Minister Narendra modi is now sitting cross-legged on the floor as the man who has made it politically possible. It is a spectacle entirely to his taste. Modes is an elaborate Ritual, in the "Holy" water, and a lot of petals to be used. Symbolically he then puts a silver stone in the innermost sanctuary of the future temple. The stone, according to Indian press forty pounds. "India is overjoyed, because centuries of waiting have today come to an end. Millions would not have believed that they would live to see that day in our lifetime,“ says modes a little later in a speech. To do this, the reputation of "Jai Shri Ram", "victory to the God Rama is heard repeatedly".

Till Fähnders

Political correspondent for Southeast Asia.

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The pictures of the spectacularly staged laying of the Foundation stone will be transferred on Wednesday to the country as a whole. Modes wearing during the ceremony, the mouth-nose protection, cleans their hands again and again. As with all events in this time, this Celebration of the Corona is overshadowed by the crisis. India has to contend with particularly severe impact of the pandemic. The country has demonstrated with 1.3 billion inhabitants, it is now 1.9 million infections. It's been a week, India has seen more than 50,000 new infections per day. Interior Minister Amit Shah, Modi's right-Hand man and right-wing populist Hardliner, has been infected with the Virus and may therefore participate on Wednesday.

According to the Hindu nationalists of the pandemic, however, is only a hiccup compared to the epochal event that you commit this Wednesday in the town of Ayodhya in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The hole in front of the modes, marked the place where now the construction of the controversial Rama temple is begun. The particularly devout Hindus believe that there Thousands of years ago their God Rama was born. For Modis right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promise is part of the construction of the temple for decades, therefore to their choice. "Our five-century-long struggle and the waiting period are completed," said the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, to anticipate the newspaper "the Hindu".

Updated Date: 05 August 2020, 20:20

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