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“Modi’s Ayodhya Visit: A Paradigm Shift in Indian Secularism Post-Partition”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Ayodhya for the inauguration of the new Ram temple has become a transformative moment in the history of the Indian Republic. Clad in a gold kurta with a white angavastram, adorned with the traditional red and white mark of Vishnu, Modi’s ‘dandwat pranam’ before the idol of Ram Lalla marks the beginning of a new era, symbolizing total surrender to God in the Hindu tradition.

"Modi's Ayodhya Visit: A Paradigm Shift in Indian Secularism Post-Partition"

This symbolic gesture, reminiscent of Modi’s shashtang pranam on the steps of Parliament in 2014, holds profound significance as it signals the end of the Nehruvian post-Partition consensus on secularism that characterized the early decades of independent India. The BJP, under Modi’s leadership, had already secured a cultural victory in the Ram-centric narrative. Now, with Modi personally leading the pran pratishtha of Ram in Ayodhya, a “divine programme” as he described it, a new cultural consensus on Hinduism is visually inaugurated in India.

In his address from Ayodhya, Prime Minister Modi declared, “After centuries, Ram has returned home… It is the beginning of a ‘New Age.'” This momentous occasion not only solidifies the cultural dominance of the BJP but also represents a shift in the narrative around secularism in post-Partition India. The visual representation of Modi’s reverence for Ram marks a departure from the earlier secular ethos, ushering in a new chapter in the cultural and religious identity of the nation.