Ram, temple and blood

There are so many gods in India, wrote VS Naipaul, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature, that you can’t get on a bus without risking sitting on a few of them. No doubt, but some are more important than others.

On Monday, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a new and very large temple dedicated to Lord Ram in the city of Ayodhya. For this, it was necessary to build a huge avenue of honor, to destroy hundreds of houses, but above all, the temple was built on the site of a mosque demolished in 1992 by Hindu fanatics, supported at the time by Modi’s ultra-nationalist party.

The destruction that led to inter-communal violence, with over 2,000 deaths. For the prime minister, Monday’s ceremony should kick off his legislative election campaign in four months. Thousands of worshipers were expected. The Indian Prime Minister was the guest of honor on July 14 last year. Emmanuel Macron will arrive on Friday for India’s Constitution Day. Religious fanaticism is on top.

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