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Hindu Fanatics Targeting South Indian Shrine, Warn Rights Groups

A coalition of rights groups and eminent intellectuals are protesting against the government’s arrest of over 1,000 people campaigning to prevent Hindu fundamentalists from taking over a shrine in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, which is famed for its religious diversity. The arrested men and women, slated to be released today, were taken into preventive custody while they were proceeding to the Baba Boudhangiri shrine in Chikmagulur in Karnataka for a peaceful program. Among those arrested was a leading Indian playwright and actor, Girish Karnad. “They have been arrested from different parts of the state,” says Teesta Setalvad, the co-editor of Communalism Combat, a Mumbai-based journal. “They are writers, scholars, farmers, journalists – people representing different streams,” she says. Full Story

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