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Activists call the revolver an abhorrence to the student's memory

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EVEN BEFORE anyone has had time to call the Indian election that many fear is just around the corner, a reluctant electorate weary of the intrigue in New Delhi's political salons is beginning to show its disgust.

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ROGER HOOKER often quoted the saying that the question of other faiths was the biggest issue to face the Christian churches since Darwin. Forty years of his adult life were spent engaged with those issues at every level: theological, social, emotional, and personal. After 13 years as a Church Mission Society (CMS) missionary in India, he became widely respected and consulted as a Christian authority on inter-faith relations in Britain.

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BJP casts a cloud over holiday season

Hindu zealots raid Muslim sacred shrine

HINDU NATIONALISTS are threatening to re-enact theevents of six years ago when a mosque in the north-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was demolished by a Hindu mob.

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ON THE threshold of "Visit India Year", the Taj Mahal, the most popular monument in the country, and far and away the biggest magnet for foreign tourists, may be forced to close.

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Hindu zealots campaign to expel India's Christian missionaries

IF DR Surendra Jain had been around at the time, Mother Teresa would never have got started in India.

The bumpy road to heaven

Driving through Madhya Pradesh in an Ambassador has its ups and downs, but the sights en route make it all worth it. By Mark Swallow

Temple to rise on rubble of mosque

INDIA'S MOST contentious building project, the temple to Ram which Hindu nationalists want to erect on the god's alleged birthplace, has been secretly under construction for the past seven years, India was stunned to discover last week. The architect is the man responsible for the huge Hindu temple, the Swaminarayan, in Neasden, north London.

BJP chief in limbo as 'ally' pulls out of pact

AB Vajpayee, parliamentary leader of the Hindu nationalist BJP, should by now be packing his bags ready for removal to 7 Race Course Road, the prime minister's official residence. Instead he is twisting in the wind.

Rivals woo President to become India's PM

WITH most results from India's general election declared, the nation is once again confronted by monumental uncertainty, from which only criminals and opportunists will profit.

Hardline Hindus close to poll victory in India

SONIA GANDHI'S epic 30,000-mile campaign has saved her party, Congress, from disappearing down the electoral plughole, but the Hindu nationalist BJP and its allies have established themselves as the pre- eminent force in Indian politics.

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Hindu party

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