Muslims, Hindus Clash Over Razed Mosque
March 4, 2006
SANVODEM, India -- Hundreds of Hindu protesters rampaged through a town in the coastal state of Goa on Saturday, storming a police station, beating officers, looting Muslim shops and burning vehicles and buildings.
Five people, including three police officers, were wounded as officers with batons tried to repel rioters. The protesters were demanding the release of 37 men arrested during three days of violent Hindu-Muslim clashes sparked when suspected Hindu extremists destroyed a mosque in Sanvodem.
The protesters beat officers and bombarded them with rocks, said police superintendent Satkhar Prabhubesai.
Several men could be seen stealing a policeman's gun after beating him unconscious with stones and sticks.
An overturned car lay in a pile of debris in front of the police station.
The protesters left the police station Saturday after Hindu politicians intervened to secure the release of the 37 men.
Relations between India's Hindus and minority Muslims are uneasy and often flare into violence: On Friday a Muslim protest in the northern city of Lucknow against a visit by President Bush turned into a Muslim-Hindu riot in which four people were shot dead.
But religious clashes in Goa, a former Portuguese colony and one of India's premier tourist attractions, are rare.
Yeah, Hindus never hurt a soul, they are a peaceful, eastern religion
I don't know, I have worked, hung out with and debated muslims.....no Hindus
Well, if you read the news around Valentine's Day, you'll find plenty of stories of Hindus trashing shops that dare to sell those horribly evil cards that relate to un-Hindu religion and immoral behavior. . . . Oh yeah, that's unpossible, right? That's only the Saudis, isn't it??
I dunno. I've worked with quite a few Indians in the software world. The vast majority were thoroughly socialist and gun-hating; in fact, I can't think of any Hindu Indians who weren't. The Sikhs were really great, though, as were the Muslims (well, ok, they were Pakistani).
Silly religious zelots.
Never ceases to amaze me watching them do
tier god's work.
Yeah well if you knew anything about the history of the sub-continent you'd know that theHindu are totally justified in their DEFENCE against Muslims. Or maybe you do know you just dont care, Which is it???? take my little test
1. Who was it that first razed Holy Hindu temples in India? Was it A. the Native Hindu or B. The "moghul" Muslim invaders From Persia who destroyed "idol temples" in order to show the Hindu who the "new boss" was??
2. How many Hindu holy sites were razed and then mosques built on top of them? A. 0 B. 5 C. So many they can't be counted.
3. in 1970 the population of hindus in Pakistan was 20% and the population of Muslims in India was about 12%
3a How many Hindu are left in Pakistan today? A, 20% B. 40% C. 2%
3b How many Muslims are left in India today? A. 12% B. 50% c. 1%
4. The difference in numbers for Pakistan's Hindu population since 1970 are attributable to A. Population explosion
B. Alien kiddnapping C. Ethnic cleansing
5. The difference in numbers or lack thereof for India's Muslims is attributable to A. Population explosion B. Sunspots C. Hindus dont ethnically cleanse.
Put your pencils down, here is the answer key 1-B, 2-C, 3a-C, 3b-A,4-C,5-C
Dont belive me? look it up.
It's all Bush's fault. I don't know why exactly but it is.
Muslims and Hindus have been killing each other in India since the Brittish pulled out.
It is nothing new.
Some of the more extreme Hindu groups in India are every bit as bad as the extreme muslim terrorist groups.
People fail to understand something about that region. They don't have a society like ours. In our society, our national government is strong and its influence can be seen everywhere. Things are really very much the same no matter where you go in the US.
In places like India they have extremes. The poorest of the poor, the richest of the rich. Places where the national government is strong, and places where the national government has hardly any influence. Places that are the highest of high tech, and places that haven't seen real progress in hundreds of years.
Extremist hindus have been doing things like persecuting Christian missionaries and Christian churches for years. Religious violence is nothing new, but the most egregious violence has been almost exclusively the doing of the muslim side of things. The hindus have usually responded with an eye for an eye...