With Indian Court Ruling, Modi's Hindu Agenda Barrels Forward
Nov. 11, 2019
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AYODHYA/MUMBAI — Just six months after sweeping to re-election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered on two major promises of his party's Hindu agenda, electrifying his base but sowing unease among liberals and the nation's large Muslim minority.
The latest boost for Modi came on Saturday, when the Supreme Court handed Hindu groups control of a contested site where a 16th-century mosque was razed over two decades ago, paving the way for the construction of a temple there that has long been an election promise of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
That followed New Delhi's move in August to strip Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir of its special status as a state in what Modi's government said was a bid to integrate the restive region with the rest of predominantly-Hindu India.
Now, the BJP may move towards delivering on its third traditional plank: Creating a uniform civil code that does away with the independence of religious communities on certain issues.