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HINDU TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT AT DISPUTED AYODHYA SITE: INDIA'S ADVANI

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    HINDU TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT AT DISPUTED AYODHYA SITE: INDIA S ADVANI Agence France Presse, 8/1/03 NEW DELHI - Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani
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      HINDU TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT AT DISPUTED AYODHYA SITE: INDIA'S ADVANI
      Agence France Presse, 8/1/03

      NEW DELHI - Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani said
      Friday he believed a Hindu temple would be eventually be built at a
      site claimed by Hindus and Muslims in a feud that has left more than
      2,000 people dead...

      He said it would be preferable though if the dispute over the site in
      northern Ayodhya, which is before the courts, was settled through
      discussions than by a court ruling...

      The 16th-century Babri mosque was demolished in December 1992 by
      Hindu zealots in a campaign led by Advani's then opposition Hindu
      nationalist BJP party.

      Hindu activists say the mosque was built by a Muslim ruler who tore
      down a temple marking the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram.

      The demolition sparked India's bloodiest Hindu-Muslim riots since
      independence in 1947, leaving more than 2,000 dead...

      SEE ALSO:

      RISE OF HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM COULD DERAIL INDIA'S DEVELOPMENT, NOBEL
      ECONOMIC LAUREATE SAYS
      Rajesh Mahapartra, Associated Press, 8/1/03

      Indian Nobel economics laureate Amartya Sen said Friday that the rise
      of Hindu fundamentalism threatens to derail India's development.

      Sen sees freedom as crucial to development and said months of Hindu-
      Muslim clashes in western Gujarat state last year had left India's 14
      million Muslims with a deep sense of uncertainty.

      More than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the riots.
      Political and human rights groups blamed the violence on the Hindu
      nationalist government in Gujarat.

      Sen, who won the Nobel prize in 1998 for contributions to welfare
      economics, said he saw growing religious intolerance as the major
      hurdle, other than inadequate education and health care, to India's
      economic progress.

      He also criticized Hindu groups which seek to justify the Hindu
      backlash against Muslims in India by citing violence against Hindus
      and Christians in some Islamic countries...


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