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On August 5, residents of Ayodhya, their excitement clearly brimming over and not to be restrained by anything as mundane as physical distancing in the time of a pandemic, gathered at the mythical Ram ki Paidi ghats in the evening. There, they lit some 350,000 diyas, in a new ‘deepotsav’ to mark the beginning of the construction of the Ram temple.

After all, a “new chapter in India’s history” was beginning, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said earlier in the day after performing the and laying the foundation stone for the temple. A 22.6 kg brick of pure silver was used to consecrate the occasion. The constraints imposed by the pandemic were visible here, though; PM Modi

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