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Religious clashes erupt in India
BBC ^ | 13 June 2008 | Subir Bhaumik

Posted on 06/13/2008 1:57:18 PM PDT by forkinsocket

At least 40 people have been injured in religious clashes on a remote delta island in India's eastern state of West Bengal, police say.

Fifteen of those injured in the clashes on Sagar island, at the confluence of the Ganges and the sea, were policemen.

Supporters of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) and local Muslim villagers clashed after the RSS set up a camp in the area.

This caused unease amongst Muslims, who have a large population on the island.

The RSS is active throughout India and is the ideological fountainhead of India's main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Hindu group is trying to expand its organisation in West Bengal, particularly in the Muslim-dominated border districts, where they say illegal migrants from Bangladesh are slowly becoming a majority.

Wave of unrest

Mohsin Ali, a local resident, said that supporters of the RSS had raised "provocative slogans" in the area.

The RSS however blamed Bengal's ruling Marxists for instigating the attacks.

RSS leader Bijoy Addya told the BBC that the Marxists provoked the local Muslims into attacking the RSS supporters.

"We had conducted the training camp peacefully. But from the very beginning, we sensed a conspiracy to attack us and that finally happened," Mr Addya said.

But Marxist leader and state minister Kanti Ganguly denied the RSS charge.

"The RSS is a provocative organisation and if they raise slogans against a community, some reaction is bound to happen. There were clashes and now they have been controlled," Mr Ganguly said.

West Bengal has seen frequent violence and shutdowns recently.

On Thursday, more than 30 people were injured and the army had to be called out to control clashes between Bengali and Nepali residents around the town of Siliguri.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: hindus; india; marxists; muslims; rss; westbengal
1 posted on 06/13/2008 1:57:19 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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>.Marxists provoked the local Muslims

The RedGreen “alliance” in India is a fact of life.

2 posted on 06/13/2008 2:20:00 PM PDT by swarthyguy (Osama Freedom Day: 2500 or so since September 11 2001! That's SIX +years, Dubya.)
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To: swarthyguy

What is the red-green alliance?

3 posted on 06/13/2008 2:35:37 PM PDT by tbw2 ("Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell" by Tamara Wilhite - on
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To: tbw2

One of convenience primarily rather than any ideological affinity, apart from political points gained.

The Communists routinely support Muslim demands and the Indian Muslims rarely if ever, rail against the Communists.

4 posted on 06/13/2008 2:43:16 PM PDT by swarthyguy (Osama Freedom Day: 2500 or so since September 11 2001! That's SIX +years, Dubya.)
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I hope the Hindus humanely butcher them all.
5 posted on 06/13/2008 3:03:39 PM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: forkinsocket
As soon as I saw an article with the headline "religious clashes", I knew which side one had to be.

I wasn't disappointed. It was.

6 posted on 06/13/2008 3:55:30 PM PDT by Gritty (Whosoever turns back from his belief, take him and kill him like any other infidel. Sura 4: 88-89)
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