Wednesday, February 27, 2002


Some alarming news today from Godhara in Gujarat, India. Apparently some Muslim activists torched a train in which some Kar Sevaks were travelling back from Ayodhya in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. Many of the Kar Sevaks are members or followers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) otherwise known as the World Hindu Council. This group is essentially the reincarnation of ther very fundamentalist RSS party, only in America, and they are trying to capitalize on communal feelings of Hindu's outside of India. I would not hesitate to call them the Hindu Taliban. In 1992 these Kar Sevaks were responsible for tearing down a 16th century mosque built where they say Muslim invaders tore down a Hindu temple to build the Mosque. Following the 1992 action communal rioting began. It seems as if this may spiral into some more communal violence. Here are some interesting stories about the VHP and the Ayodhya issue.

"Maintain peace in Ayodhya"
"VHP Threatens Defiance, PM Starts Dialogue"
'Hindu swabhimaan is at stake"


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