Ayodhya temple issue back in the spotlight with India's general election just around the corner

Many Hindus believe the Babri Masjid or mosque in Ayodhya, India, was built on land that was the birthplace of their deity, Lord Ram.
Many Hindus believe the Babri Masjid or mosque in Ayodhya, India, was built on land that was the birthplace of their deity, Lord Ram.PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - Hindu nationalist groups in India are again clamouring for the building of a temple on the site of a 16th century mosque which was demolished by a Hindu mob over two decades ago, an incident many lamented as a blot on the country's secular traditions.

Many Hindus believe the Babri Masjid or mosque in the city of Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh, was built on land that was the birthplace of their deity, Lord Ram.

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