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October 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested more than 1,300 Hindu activists to prevent them from meeting near the site of a razed mosque. The World Hindu Council has called a mass meeting this week in support of its demand to build a temple at the disputed site of the 16th century Babri mosque, which was torn down in 1992 by Hindu fundamentalists. The mosque's destruction triggered a year of Hindu-Muslim violence.
September 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Indian judge cleared Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani of charges that he incited mobs to tear down a historic mosque in 1992. But seven officials linked to the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party will face trial for the razing. Advani was in Ayodhya when thousands of Hindus razed the 16th century Babri Mosque there, leading to nationwide riots that killed 2,000 people.
June 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Indian cabinet ministers recently met a Hindu religious leader in an attempt to settle a bitter dispute over the site of a 16th century Muslim mosque that was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners, the Press Trust of India reported. Hindu activists tore down the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992. Afterward, some 2,000 people were killed in nationwide Hindu-Muslim clashes.
December 7, 2003 | From Reuters
Six people died in the southern India city of Hyderabad on Saturday after clashes between jubilant Hindu hard-liners and protesting Muslims on the 11th anniversary of the razing of a mosque, police said. Twenty-four people were hurt in the incident late Saturday, 12 suffering gunshot wounds as police opened fire to control rampaging mobs in areas where Muslims are a majority.
August 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
After completing a five-month excavation, government archeologists say they have found no evidence of an ancient Hindu temple under the ruins of a 16th century mosque in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya. The issue has inflamed Hindus and Muslims since a Hindu mob razed the mosque in 1992, triggering nationwide riots that killed more than 3,000 people.
December 4, 1992 | Associated Press
Thousands of Hindus gathered with stones and shovels on the grounds of a mosque Thursday, defiantly preparing to build a Hindu temple despite a government ban and the likelihood of clashes with Muslims. About 150,000 volunteers are gathered at Ayodhya, 300 miles east of New Delhi, to begin building a colossal temple Sunday. Their plans call for tearing down the Babri Masjid mosque, which has stood at the site for 430 years.
December 9, 1992 | NAJAM SETHI, Najam Sethi is editor of the Friday Times in Lahore
The destruction of the Babri Mosque by Hindu extremists has raised the specter of fundamentalism in a subcontinent armed with nuclear weapons. If India is reeling from the killing fields of communal passion, violent anti-Hindu outrage in neighboring Pakistan threatens to rupture relations between the two countries. In retaliation for the outrage at Ayodhya, hysterical, rampaging mobs have burned down dozens of Hindu temples and shrines in Pakistan in the last two days.
Hindu nationalists threatened Wednesday to defy a Supreme Court ban on holding a symbolic prayer ceremony near the bitterly disputed site of a mosque demolished by a mob nearly a decade ago. The Indian government says it has deployed about 8,000 paramilitary police officers, armed with tear gas, water cannon and live ammunition, to deter any large-scale protests at the site in the northern town of Ayodhya.
May 19, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, Mark Fineman is The Times' New Delhi bureau chief.
NARIYAL BABA SHOWED UP WITH A COCONUT on his head. It's the same one that's been balanced there for the past six months or so, thanks, he explains, to the power of his god, Lord Rama. And that coconut is going to stay there until Lord Rama gets his temple back, Baba insists, dancing a little jig in the afternoon sun to prove that his coconut does, indeed, defy gravity. Uma Bharati, a member of the Indian Parliament, stood nearby.
December 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, whose free-market economic reforms in 1991 launched India's shift from a bankrupt nation hobbled by socialist policies into a regional economic power, has died. He was 83. Rao died Thursday of cardiac arrest at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was admitted Dec. 9 after complaining of shortness of breath, said Chetan Sharma, his aide.
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