India is poised to make history on Monday by marking the centenary of the destruction of the Hindu holy city of Ayodhya by Muslims, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said.
The state government has set the date of the commemorative ceremony for January 26.
“It is an important day for the Hindus and for the Indian nation as well as the Muslims,” said Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP state unit leader, at a rally in the eastern state of West Bengal.
“There will be a massive rally in Ayodhyas birthplace to mark this historic day,” he said.
“We are all Hindus.
We all believe in one God.
The world’s largest democracy has to take long overdue steps to ensure that the truth is taught in schools and in every village.”
The government, led by former Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has also announced a national day of mourning, in the hope of drawing attention to the “biblical genocidal crime” perpetrated by Muslims.