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February 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Hindu nationalists raided shops in suburban Bombay, India, and burned cards and gifts for Valentine's Day, which they say goes against traditional Indian values. "Save Indian culture!" shouted activists. Protesters also marched in Lucknow and set fire to Valentine's Day cards there. Notes in Hindi were pasted on shops saying, "Valentine's Day is ... obscene and against our tradition."
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February 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A court in India's Madhya Pradesh state has ruled that eunuchs are male, barring Kamla Jaan from becoming mayor of Katni because the post was set aside for women to encourage their participation in politics. Jaan -- the first eunuch to win public office in India -- plans to appeal to the Supreme Court. Eunuchs live on society's edges, begging and collecting tips for dancing at weddings, blessing babies and participating in ceremonies. They consider themselves women.
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December 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Tens of thousands of armed police protected voters but couldn't quell all sectarian violence in India's Gujarat state, where rioting this year claimed 1,000 lives, mostly Muslims killed by Hindus. Two exit polls predicted that the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party would be returned to power in Gujarat, but with a smaller margin. The party is accused of fomenting the riots.
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December 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
A surge of violence in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir left 10 people dead Saturday. In the first attack, a bomb exploded on a busy street in the Khanyar area of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state. Police said that the bomb targeted a police van carrying detainees to a court but that it exploded prematurely. Three policemen and six civilians, including two children, were hurt.
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November 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of Hindu protesters were arrested as police broke up a banned rally in western India's Gujarat state, where religious clashes have killed about 1,000 people this year. The 2-week-long rally planned by the Hindu nationalists was to start in Godhra, where a Muslim mob's arson attack on a train carrying mostly Hindus in February triggered India's worst religious riots in a decade.
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November 16, 2002 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Hindu nationalists held angry protest marches and mobs stabbed two Muslim men in western India on Thursday as Muslims fled their homes to seek safety, fearing revenge riots after a bloody attack on a Hindu temple. Paramilitary police deployed in several towns in Gujarat state, and officials said they were confident that they could prevent a repetition of the sectarian violence that erupted in the state for three months earlier this year, leaving 1,000 dead, mostly Muslims.
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September 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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August 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
Hindus observed a general strike in the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir on Wednesday to protest a terrorist attack that killed nine pilgrims hiking to a Himalayan shrine. Eight people died in new violence. A leader of Jammu and Kashmir state's ruling party was slain in Srinagar, the summer capital, on Wednesday. Police said they suspected Islamic separatists.
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June 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
Thousands of Hindu nationalists prayed and marched Sunday at the epicenter of India's most bitter religious dispute, winding up a 108-day celebration that was part of a campaign to pressure the government to let them build a temple at the site of a razed mosque. Nearly 10,000 police and paramilitary troops guarded the northern town of Ayodhya, where authorities feared Hindu-Muslim clashes or an attack by Islamic guerrillas.
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