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  •  really wouldn't have worked .. have you been to (0+ / 0-)

    both places?  there would have been more problems or have you forgotten Adhoya mosque

    "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by Clytemnestra on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:12:15 AM PST

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    •  There was ceratinly much friction between (1+ / 0-)
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      Muslims and Hindus, but remember Ghandi saw partition as evil. There are also Sikhs and other religious minorities. If they stayed together they would have had to work out their differences into a functioning secular government. In the long run it would have worked better than what they have now. In addition, I believe that is was much more probable if the Brits had left after WW I. 20+ years later, religious tensions got worse.

      You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

      by FrankCornish on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:18:55 AM PST

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    •  The Ayodhya-Babri mosque flare-up/riots (1+ / 0-)
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      was a long time in the making, longer than British rule in India.
      But since India is a democracy, as each day passes the party that came into power in 1998 which was supposed to rule with Hindu fervor was forced to rule   moderately by all standards.
      They initiated diplomatic talks with Pakistan after 15 years of diplomatic laissez-faire.
      Now that the same party is trying to foster the Hindu nationalism , they are being slowly but surely democratically marginalized by India.

      Wake me up...we won..

      by soms on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:24:44 AM PST

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      •  the friction between the two groups (0+ / 0-)

        is a constant ..

        it is over naked holy men, animals, etc. etc. ... yes Ayodhya was stoked, but it was stoked over  frictions that already exist.  

        "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

        by Clytemnestra on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:53:56 AM PST

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