502: What Message Does Ram Temple Construction Send to Secular India?

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The foundation has been officially laid for the construction of a Ram temple, 28 years after the Babri Masjid was demolished.
And all eyes were on Ayodhya, on 5th August, as the Ram Mandir trust conducted the bhoomi poojan or the foundation-laying ceremony, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and around 170 other spiritual and political leaders.
With this, the BJP's promise towards its Hindu voter base of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya – the mythical birth place of Ram – is a step closer to fulfillment. At the ceremony, PM Modi likened the Ram Janmabhoomi movement to India's independence struggle, saying that the temple construction is the symbol of centuries of sacrifices.
But historically, the pitch for a Ram temple has precariously balanced itself on Hindu nationalism — a pitch that we've seen grown louder in the recent years. How much is the Ram temple construction going to change the political paradigm of India in the coming years? What symbolic message does this grand socio-political project send to the secular India?
Producer and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha
Guest:
Pragya Tiwari, Journalist
Aditya Menon, Political Editor, The Quint
Editor: Shelly Walia
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