The Unholy War

Militant Hindus demolish an ancient mosque -- and threaten to tear down democracy in the process

In a plume of dust, the central dome of an ancient Muslim mosque in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh collapsed under the blows of 4,000 Hindu fanatics last week -- and shook the subcontinent to its foundations. Like the three domes that crowned the 464-year-old Babri mosque, the three pillars of the modern Indian state -- democracy, secularism and the rule of law -- are now at risk from the fury of religious nationalism.

After a week of violence, the thousands of kar sevaks, or Hindu holy workers, who destroyed the Muslim shrine in the belief that it covered the...

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