A digital rendering of the new Ram mandir in Ayodhya in India

In response to the highly anticipated consecration ceremony for the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra in Ayodhya, India that took place on January 22, 2024, HAF Executive Director Suhag Shukla made the following statement:

“Today’s consecration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya marks not just the return of a place of worship that has been significant to Hindus for millennia, but an example of how the law, science, and India’s pluralistic ethos together delivered a fair and equitable resolution to one of many contentious disputes over sacred spaces in India. 

The celebrations across the globe of this special moment have simply been awe-inspiring, as has been learning about the diverse ways in which Sri Rama and the Ramayana have been sources of ethical guidance, solace, and perseverance for generations of the global Hindu diaspora.

May the case of Ram Janmabhoomi serve as an example amongst a small yet growing list of sacred space reparations, of indigenous communities around the world successfully seeking justice for historical conquests and colonialism.”


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