Interview With Advani

Though Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani is known as a Hindu hard-liner, he now preaches about India's economic vibrancy, not religious nationalism—a reflection of how his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has moved away from the politics of hate. Still, Advani reverted to type at an election rally this month in Ayodhya, where Hindu zealots had torn down a Muslim mosque in 1992 and demanded the restoration of what they said was once a temple to the Hindu god Ram. "We will build a Ram temple at Ayodhya," Advani declared at the rally. "India will be Ram's kingdom once more." TIME's...

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