- Pakistan said the construction was part of an ongoing pattern showing how Indian Muslims live today.
- "Every heart shines. It is an emotional moment for the whole country. A long wait ends today," Modi said.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has thanked Prime Minister Modi for laying the foundation stone for the Ram Temple.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the re-construction of the Ram Temple on the site of the five-century-old Babri Masjid. According to a statement from Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling that the Ram Temple should be built reflects the ongoing attacks on places of worship of religious minorities in India.
Those tragic scenes of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 by the BJP, and its radical Hindutva allies, remain unchanged in the minds of Muslims around the world.
The construction of the Ram Temple began in this context of the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Citizenship Law Amendment Bill against Muslims, the threatening National Citizens Register, the attack on Muslims in Delhi, and other anti-Muslim activities.
They all show how Muslims in India live in fear, oppression, and violence. The RSS-BJP has been jointly attacking Muslim places of worship. The international community, the United Nations, and all related international organizations should help to preserve the Islamic monuments in India from Hindutva organizations.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “This slogan is not only echoed in Ayodhya, but it is also echoed all over the universe.”
“Every heart shines. It is an emotional moment for the whole country. A long wait ends today,” Modi said. “We are building a huge temple for Ram Lalla, who has been staying in a tent for a long time. The cycle of building and demolishing a temple for centuries ends today on Ram Janma Bhoomi.”
“The Ram Mandir will be a modern symbol of our culture. Our devotion will become a symbol of national feeling. This temple will also symbolize the power of the collective determination of millions of people. It will inspire future generations,” Modi said at the event.
By building this temple, no new history is created. History goes back. He said that the temple would be completed by the joint efforts of all people, just as a boat helped a tribal Rama and a child helped Krishna sleep on the Govardhana hill. Ramer is the symbol of unity in diversity. Everything belongs to Rama. Modi said Ram deserves it all.
He added, “We must remember one thing. When mankind relied on Rama, there was growth. When we changed course, the doors of destruction were opened. We must bear in mind the feelings of each one.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Thanks Modi
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has thanked Prime Minister Modi for laying the foundation stone for the Ram Temple. “The 500-year struggle has come to an end in a democratic and constitutional way,” he said.
Ram Means love, Justice
In a tweet shared by Rahul Gandhi on Bhoomi Puja, he said, “Ram means love, Ram means justice, Ram means harmony.” Most stores are closed. Only tea shops near the venue are open. The local shopkeeper said, “Ram, who has been in the hut for so long, has got a proper house.”
The statue of Rama had been kept in a tent for decades. The statue was temporarily installed in a temple earlier this year. All the roads in Ayodhya are decorated with flowers. The street is painted yellow and saffron. Officials say all procedures for coronavirus prevention have been followed at the venue.