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March 24, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Indians turned out in massive numbers Monday to vote in three state elections seen as a referendum on the popularity of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Eight people were killed and more than 250 injured in election violence. At least 76% of 50 million people eligible to vote in the states of West Bengal, Kerala and Kashmir cast ballots for 3,239 candidates running for 505 state assembly seats, officials said.
March 1, 1986 | Associated Press
An express train plowed into a crowd that had rushed onto the tracks in panic during a fireworks display in southern India on Friday, and 26 people were killed, the Railway Ministry said. About 100 people were injured. The accident occurred during a festival in Tellicherry in Kerala state, 1,100 miles south of New Delhi. Officials said a large crowd had gathered to watch a fireworks show marking the conclusion of a festival at the Hindu temple of Jagannath, or Vishnu, the preserver.
April 22, 1990 | BILL TARRANT, REUTERS
As the sun sets over the Arabian Sea, Hindu temple dancers with garishly painted faces, wearing huge skirts and headdresses, perform ancient tales of India on a hotel rooftop before sunburned tourists. The dancers are presenting in pantomime one of the 100,001 episodes of the Mahabharata, India's great epic of love and war, men and gods. Tourism is giving a boost to the Kathakali dance troupe, one of many such groups that are finding it hard to survive these days on temple work alone.
November 10, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
K.R. Narayanan, a former president of India who brought a deeper meaning to the largely ceremonial position when he rose from the bottom of the country's ancient caste system to become the first "untouchable" to hold the office, has died. He was 85. Narayanan, who had been suffering from pneumonia and kidney failure, died Wednesday at an army hospital in New Delhi, a spokesman for India's defense ministry announced. He had been on life support since Oct. 31.
October 10, 2003 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
As a Hindu, Anil Kumar is expected to revere cows, not eat them, and his taste for beef defies one of Hindu nationalism's most fervent causes. Cows are treated as goddesses by most in the Hindu majority. But Kumar has been free to eat beef since he was young -- his mother thought it would make him stronger -- because he lives in southern India's Kerala state, where leftist governments have long defended the slaughter of cattle as a fundamental freedom.
March 29, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
The maharajah granted Jewish settlers the right to stay here unmolested "so long as the world and the moon exist." That was in the year AD 379, and the maharajah, Sri Prakaran Iravi Vanmar, also allotted the Jews a rug, a parasol, a drum, a trumpet and the right to collect tolls on carts and boats. All this is recorded on copper plates given to Joseph Rabban, who at the time was the leader of the Jewish community.
March 25, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
The Communist-led coalitions in the two "Red forts" of India--West Bengal and Kerala states--appeared headed for victory in state elections as counting continued Tuesday. Meanwhile, the ruling Congress-I Party of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi salvaged some prestige by joining with a Kashmir regional party to rout foes, including a vociferous Muslim fundamentalist movement, in strategic Jammu and Kashmir state.
December 26, 2004 | Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press Writer
You say Bombay and I say Mumbai. You say Calcutta and I say Kolkata. The old song about pronunciation -- "Po-tay-to, po-tah-to; to-may-to, to-mah-to" -- could be the refrain of most Indians, as well as people from other former colonial territories who are bent on dropping the Westernized versions of city names. In 1995, the city council of Bombay renamed India's largest city Mumbai, after the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi.
November 20, 1994 | BETTY MARTIN
INDIA: The Far North (World Travel Marketing, 60 minutes, 1994) and INDIA: The Far South (World Travel Marketing, 60 minutes, 1994). Corinne and Barry Smedley take viewers on a self-guided two-part tour of India. "The Far North" goes to the state of Himachal Pradesh in the foothills of the Himalayas. "The Far South" explores Kerala along the Malabar Coast. The Smedleys impart travel realism--if it rains they get wet.
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