November 5, 1999 |
When Pope John Paul II arrives in India today for a weekend visit, he will greet a Roman Catholic community under siege for allegedly pushing its religion too hard on the rest of the country. There may be only 17 million Catholics in India, compared with 800 million Hindus, but leaders of several hard-line Hindu groups are demanding a papal apology for what they describe as a coordinated campaign by foreign missionaries to force thousands of Hindus to convert to Christianity.
September 23, 2010 |
In a last-minute move that a litigant said could be politically motivated, India's Supreme Court decided Thursday to delay a lower court's verdict in a case between Muslims and Hindus over who has the right to a controversial religious site. The verdict in the 60-year-old case was due Friday but will now be put off until at least Tuesday. At issue in the contentious case is whether Muslims or Hindus own the land under the 16th century Babri Masjid mosque in Uttar Pradesh state.
November 3, 1990 |
India plunged deeper into religious conflict Friday as police opened fire on mobs of Hindus attempting a second assault on a disputed mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya, and dozens more clashes erupted between Hindus and Muslims throughout the country. At least 30 people were killed Friday, bringing to more than 250 the total killed in the spiral of religious violence that began nearly a week ago.
May 2, 2006 |
Islamic militants have killed 35 members of Kashmir's Hindu minority, police said Monday, days ahead of a planned meeting between the divided region's political separatists and India's prime minister. In one village, militants disguised as soldiers coaxed residents from their homes and then gunned down 22 of them -- the single deadliest attack by Islamic rebels in Kashmir since a 2003 cease-fire between India and Pakistan, police said.
November 16, 2002 |
In an elaborate ceremony of prayer and animal sacrifice, thousands of Balinese Hindus gathered Friday to drive away evil and purify the site where 191 people died last month in a car bombing. The islanders asked for forgiveness, prayed for the victims of the attack and expressed hope that visitors from around the world will soon come back to their homeland. "No more blood and tears in Bali," Indonesian Welfare Minister Yusuf Kalla told the crowd.
September 26, 2002 |
Indian troops stood by for deployment in the western state of Gujarat today as Hindu groups called for a nationwide strike over an attack on a temple that left at least 32 people dead. The World Hindu Council, a group tied to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led the call for the strike.
November 24, 1987 |
Hindus and Muslims clashed in the eastern city of Calcutta on Monday, killing one person and injuring 11 others, the United News of India reported.
December 28, 2007 |
Police in eastern India killed at least three people when they opened fire on a group of hard-line Hindus who set fire to a police station during clashes between Hindus and Christians, officials said. The killings in a remote corner of Orissa state brought the death toll to four since violence broke out on Christmas Eve when long-standing tensions between the Hindu majority and the small Christian community erupted over conversions to Christianity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1990
There are a lot of mistakes, either by ignorance or misinformation, in this article. The idea that India willingly submitted to British rule is just poppycock. The present mosque-temple controversy in Ayodhya is a legacy of British rule. About the middle of last century, the ruler of the local area, who was a Muslim, wanted to turn over the site to the Hindus. But the British would not allow it to keep up their divide-and-rule policy! For the past 40 years, a Ram idol had been installed inside the masjid area and continually worshiped by Hindus.