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Nov 9, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read Read on X
Our Ram Lalla Wins!

Hope the Modi government now takes it to logical conclusion by building a Grand Temple in Ayodhya at the earliest. #AYODHYAVERDICT 1/n
It is time for celebration & rightfully so. But, let us pause for a moment & reflect. It has taken us almost 500 years of wait & decades of political & court battle just to come to this stage that we can legally build a temple to Ram Lalla on his birthplace. #AYODHYAVERDICT 2/n
Just imagine, this is Karmabhoomi of Hindus; this is the land of our Devas, of Tirthas. And here, it has taken us this long and painful fight to invite back Ram Lalla embodiment of Dharma into his home. This only goes to show deep mess Hindus society is in. #AyodhyaJudgment 3/n
Let's celebrate today, but let's not lose sight of the civilization war that we are waging and which is far from over. 4/4 #AyodhyaHearing

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