Courting More Chaos

Courting More Chaos

During the week of riots following the destruction of a 16th century mosque at Ayodhya, Indian police arrested nearly 6,000 Hindus and Muslims in a nationwide crackdown. Public order has been restored, but the country's political crisis continues to deepen. Within minutes of reconvening, Parliament erupted in chaos as legislators locked horns over Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao's dismissal of three state governments ruled by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. Rao's move may backfire if citizens demonstrate a preference for the B.J.P. leaders they elected.

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