Hindu Pride

India's ruling B.J.P. has a nationalist agenda that frightens religious minorities, and it sees its neighbors as rivals

It was an uprising that unsettled all of India. On Dec. 6, 1992, thousands of Hindu zealots stormed a 464-year-old Muslim house of worship in Uttar Pradesh state called the Babri mosque and razed it, many of them ripping at the stones and mortar with their bare hands. Subsequent Hindu-Muslim rioting across the country left more than 1,000 dead. When the mosque was destroyed--according to legend, it had been built on the birthplace of the Hindu god-king Ram--many feared that if the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party who egged on the fanatics ever came to power, it would mean civil...

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