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India's New Leader Vows Not to Tolerate Sectarian Riots

India’s newly appointed prime minister, Manmohan Singh, vowed Thursday that his government would never allow a repetition of the riots in Gujarat State in 2002 that left at least 1,000 Muslims dead. Nor, said Mr. Singh, a Sikh who will be India’s first minority prime minister, would anti-Sikh riots in 1984 be repeated. “These things should never happen again,” he said in his first news conference as prime minister. The Gujarat riots were some of the worst sectarian violence in the history of independent India, which is mostly Hindu but where about 12 percent of the population is Muslim and about 2 percent Sikh. After 59 Hindu activists were burned to death in a train that had been surrounded by a Muslim mob, vengeful Hindus rioted for weeks, killing, raping and driving Muslims from their homes. Full Story

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