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Hindu Monks to Lay Siege to Indian Parliament

Hundreds of Hindu monks and leaders will march to India’s parliament to protest against the government for not allowing them to build a temple on a disputed site also claimed by Muslims. The march is a part of a new campaign by hardline Hindus who want to build a temple to the god Ram on the site of a 16th century mosque demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992, triggering nationwide religious clashes that claimed about 3,000 lives. The march comes two days ahead of elections in four states set for February 26 and will be the start of what is seen as a drawn out agitation over the sensitive issue. “All sadhus (monks) will march to parliament tomorrow and lay siege to it. It is time for action,” Acharya Dharmendra, a senior leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which is spearheading the agitation, said on Sunday. “But we will be peaceful and stop if we are prevented from reaching the building. This will be a mild example of the fury raging within Hindus (over the temple issue),” the monk told a public meeting of more than 5,000 people, mostly holy men. Full Story

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