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The Violent Hindus

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Submitted by Bader S (United Arab Emirates), Mar 3, 2006 at 08:41

Hindus should not be seen as the "countervailing force in a nasty part of the world" as robert a suggests.

Hindus have participated in violence and terrorism.


"Ayodhya is at the epicent of communal hostility stoked by Hindu nationalists in defiance of modern India's founding tradition of secular tolerance. In 1992, the city became the focus of the worst communal violence since India's partition 45 years earlier, when 2,000 people died in clashes after Hindu nationalists — including members of what is now the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — tore down the 16th century Babri mosque. Hindus claim the mosque had originally been built on the site of a temple marking the birthplace of the Hindu deity Lord Rama. Ever since then, the Hindu nationalist movement has been pushing to build a new Hindu temple where the mosque once stood." (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,213670,00.html)

"Just a few months before, a hate campaign by Hindu Fundamentalists led to riots that caused the murder of a Catholic, Father Arul Das, and a Muslim shop-keeper, Sheikh Rahman, in the State of Orissa. Similar deaths and mob destruction of churches and mosques are, unfortunately, not uncommon in India. Even Mother Teresa of Calcutta has become a controversial figure in this environment. Fundamentalist Hindu leaders associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Reshtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu paramilitary organization, have attacked Christians they believe are thwarting their aims."

These are just some of the numerous examples of Hindu terrorism. After all was not the icon of 20th Century Peace -- Mahatma Ghandi -- assassinated by a Hindu Terrorist?

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