Ayodhya temple issue back in spotlight

India's ruling BJP upset by Supreme Court decision not to prioritise hearing of dispute

A model of a proposed Ram temple which Hindus want to build on the site of the demolished Babri Mosque in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya. Hindu mobs demolished the mosque in 1992, sparking communal riots.
A model of a proposed Ram temple which Hindus want to build on the site of the demolished Babri Mosque in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya. Hindu mobs demolished the mosque in 1992, sparking communal riots.PHOTO: REUTERS

One of India's most protracted religious disputes has moved back to the political centre stage with renewed public exhortations to build a temple on the site of a mosque that was demolished by Hindu fundamentalists in Ayodhya in 1992.

This follows a Supreme Court statement on Oct 29 that it was not going to hear petitions on this dispute before January, and comes ahead of key elections.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2018, with the headline 'Ayodhya temple issue back in spotlight'. Subscribe