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December 28, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ghulam Yazdani, a Muslim lawyer and social worker, was at his desk at home on a recent Saturday night discussing with a Hindu colleague ways to end the growing religious violence tearing apart his south Indian city when five Hindu youths quietly entered the room. They bowed respectfully. " Salaam aleikum ," they said to Yazdani, mouthing in unison the traditional Islamic greeting for peace.
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November 8, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Pope John Paul II sat down here Sunday to exchange views with leaders of 10 other religions, Indian security guards stopped a blue-turbaned Sikh trying to enter the assembly hall with a 4-foot sword. The armed man, it turned out, was Bhai Manjit Singh Sahib, a Sikh guru. His chair, three places to the left of the pope, remained vacant for 30 minutes before he could persuade organizers that the ornate silver saber was a symbol of his religious authority, not a security threat.
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December 8, 1992 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a holy war that threatened to engulf South Asia, more than 200 people were killed and hundreds injured Monday as bloody religious riots erupted in cities and towns across India and communal tensions flared from the frenzied destruction by Hindu militants of a revered Muslim temple in Ayodhya.
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January 25, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
The charred bodies of a missionary and his two sons were laid out in wooden coffins Sunday amid a wave of outrage at their killings, the first deaths in a string of attacks on Christians in India. Police arrested 49 Hindu radicals suspected of burning to death Australian Graham Stewart Staines, 58, and his sons Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, Saturday as they slept in their utility vehicle.
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May 29, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Sacred Ashes Special pulled into Kanpur railway station late Monday night to the same slogans that had bombarded Sonia Gandhi again and again during the 10 hours that her train, carrying the remains of her assassinated husband, had snaked its way through the blistering Indian countryside. "Sonia, fight! Save the nation!" mob after screaming mob had pleaded when they spotted the white, garlanded shrine car.
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January 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A mob of 50 people attacked and set afire two churches in a region of west India where anti-Christian attacks have destroyed dozens of churches, domestic news agencies reported. No one was injured in the attack in Dang district in the western state of Gujarat late Friday, the Press Trust of India reported in New Delhi. More than 120 people have been arrested for attacks on Christians and churches since Christmas Day.
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January 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited a violence-hit region in western India on Sunday and demanded severe punishment for anyone attacking houses of worship, after Hindu militants burned or demolished churches there. "Exemplary punishment should be awarded to perpetrators of such crimes," he said in Ahwa, a town in the western state of Gujarat, a region that has been marked by more than 100 acts of violence against Christians in the past year.
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November 2, 1990 | From Reuters
At least 32 more people were killed Thursday in religious strife across India over a militant Hindu campaign to build a temple where a mosque now stands, domestic news agencies said. "More blood may spill before there is peace," said Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, who has organized the defense of the mosque in the town of Ayodhya. Fourteen people were killed Thursday in Uttar Pradesh and seven in Gujarat.
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November 4, 1990 | From United Press International
A radical Hindu group vowed Saturday to make another attempt to begin construction of a temple on the site of a mosque in the northern city of Ayodhya as fresh violence sparked by the controversial campaign left 13 more people dead, news reports said. The developments came one day after about 10,000 Hindus tried to break through barricades surrounding the religious site but were stopped when police opened fire. At least 18 people were killed and more than 60 wounded in that clash.
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October 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly 250,000 troops and police sealed off the northern Indian town of Ayodhya to thousands of Hindu militants bent on building a temple to replace a mosque on what the Hindus say is one of their holy sites. Police in Uttar Pradesh state said the troops were deployed in a 65-mile radius around the town to prevent the militants from marching in behind leaders of the Hindu revivalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
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January 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited a violence-hit region in western India on Sunday and demanded severe punishment for anyone attacking houses of worship, after Hindu militants burned or demolished churches there. "Exemplary punishment should be awarded to perpetrators of such crimes," he said in Ahwa, a town in the western state of Gujarat, a region that has been marked by more than 100 acts of violence against Christians in the past year.
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January 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A mob of 50 people attacked and set afire two churches in a region of west India where anti-Christian attacks have destroyed dozens of churches, domestic news agencies reported. No one was injured in the attack in Dang district in the western state of Gujarat late Friday, the Press Trust of India reported in New Delhi. More than 120 people have been arrested for attacks on Christians and churches since Christmas Day.
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May 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Suspected Muslim militants killed 13 Hindus in remote villages in the restive northern state of Kashmir, police said. The killings came two weeks after guerrillas massacred 25 Hindus in a mountain village, prompting residents to demand better security in the area that borders Pakistan, India's hostile neighbor. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but police blamed guerrillas fighting for the independence of Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state.
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June 24, 1996 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just inside the entrance to Jain Center in Buena Park, a spider edges down a silky strand of web attached to one of the cubbyholes where visitors place their shoes before entering the temple. Of all the places in the world to weave a web, this spider has chosen well. Adherents of the Jain religion revere even the tiniest of lives, down to the most microscopic of beings. It is a reverence that requires strict vegetarianism, says Jain Assn. leader Dr. Manibhai Mehta.
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June 1, 1996 | From Religion News Service
Soaring above luxury apartments in an exclusive section of Bombay, vultures swoop toward the Parsi Towers of Silence on Malabar Hill. It is time for another "burial" at the "vultures cemetery," where the Parsis--Indian followers of the ancient faith of Zoroastrianism--refuse to bury their dead. The Parsis believe fire, earth and water are sacred, so they will not cremate or bury their dead. Instead, the bodies are left on circular stone towers to be picked clean by vultures.
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February 23, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a great river picking up speed as it surges and foams over a cataract, the mighty flow of humanity rolled down the slope: naked, ash-smeared men with braided hair and holding aloft tridents, the population of an entire village bound together with coarse rope so no one would get lost, women clutching each other's worn saris in fright. Barefoot, bare-chested farmers fresh from India's fields and paddies. Musicians in saffron robes joyfully pounding drums and blowing into shrieking flutes.
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October 25, 1990 | From Reuters
Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh will call an election over bitter religious and caste issues dividing India, senior officials of his Janata Dal party said Wednesday as tensions rose across the nation. At least 20 people were killed and many injured in religious violence after a Hindu revivalist party called a general strike in India to protest the arrest of its leader.
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September 30, 1990 | From Associated Press
India's Supreme Court agreed Saturday to hear an appeal to halt a plan that reserves nearly half the civil service posts for low-caste Hindus. The policy has led to a rash of protest clashes and suicides. A panel of five justices is expected to meet Monday on an application by the Supreme Court Bar Assn. for a temporary injunction on the program, announced Aug. 7 by Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh to counteract centuries of discrimination.
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December 20, 1993 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of thousands of Indian pilgrims who believe that it is a sin to harm even a mosquito converged on a towering statue of granite Sunday to watch its anointment with milk, sugar cane juice and sandalwood paste. For believers in the Jain religion, it was the last chance this century to participate in the sacred and grandiose ceremony, held once every 12 years at the conjunction of heavenly bodies. For public figures, including Prime Minister P.V.
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December 28, 1992 | Reuters
The Indian government has decided to buy the site of a Muslim mosque destroyed by militant Hindus and build a mosque and a Hindu temple there, an official spokesman said Sunday. The demolition of the mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya by Hindu militants earlier this month triggered a wave of sectarian violence across India. More than 1,100 people died in the violence. The spokesman said that the decision was made at a Cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister P. V.
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