The transformation of India is nearly complete

The Indian Supreme Court's decision to allow the building of a temple for Rama on a disputed site is likely to intensify Hindu nationalist efforts to turn India into a majoritarian nation

NEW DELHI • Last Saturday, fireworks were set off in parts of India to celebrate the verdict by the country's Supreme Court to clear the way for the building of a temple for Rama, or Ram - the Hindu deity and protagonist of the epic poem Ramayana - in Ayodhya, a northern Indian town.

The piece of land where the temple will be built is considered by many Hindus to be the exact birthplace of the deity. But the land in question and its ownership have long been disputed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2019, with the headline 'The transformation of India is nearly complete'. Print Edition | Subscribe