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Indian Supreme Court rules in favor of Hindu temple over mosque at disputed religious site

Security in India ahead of a Supreme Court decision
Indian security personnel in the town of Adhoya. Photo: Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

India's Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Hindu temple can be erected on disputed land in the town of Ayodhya, instead of a mosque, ending a decades-long dispute in the country, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: This decision is deemed a major win for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who campaigned on Hindu nationalism, per the Post. Building a temple on the contentious land has been a longstanding goal of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Trump at Howdy Modi rally: India and U.S. must protect our borders

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend "Howdy, Modi!" at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, September 22
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump attend the "Howdy, Modi!" rally at NRG Stadium in Houston Sunday. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump declared in front of a 50,000-strong crowd at a Houston event honoring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "India and the United States understand that to keep our communities safe, we must protect our borders."

Why it matters: Trump's comments at the "Howdy Modi" rally that border security is "vital" to the U.S. and India come weeks after India sent thousands of troops to the Indian-administered Kashmir and erased the special status of the majority-Muslim state — escalating tensions with Pakistan in the disputed region.