Religious clashes kill two in India

Two people were killed and several injured when groups of Hindus and Muslims clashed over prayers at a Hindu temple in north India.

    Deadly blasts hit the temple town of Varanasi last month

    Officials said the rioting erupted in a crowded neighbourhood of Aligarh town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday after Muslims objected to the use of loudspeakers overnight by Hindus, who were celebrating the birthday of the Hindu god-king, Rama.
    "Additional police, including riot police, have been deployed in affected areas and a curfew has been imposed," said S K Aggarwal, the principal home secretary for Uttar Pradesh.
    Knives, bricks and bamboo sticks were used in the fighting, and police reported gunshots. Eight of the injured were in a critical condition, officials said.
    Aligarh, which has a large Muslim population, has been the scene of frequent clashes between Hindus and Muslims in the past.

    Communal cauldron

    India's most-populous Uttar Pradesh state, which has a 17% Muslim minority, has a history of communal violence.
    Eighteen people were killed and dozens were injured last month in bombings carried out by Islamic militants in Uttar Pradesh's holy Hindu town of Varanasi.
    Though communal tensions in India have eased in the past two years, violence flares easily in crowded towns of the north and the west where the country's Hindu majority and Muslim minority live side by side.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    What happens when the US government shuts down?

    The US government has shut down. What happens next?

    US federal government begins partial shutdown after Senate blocks short-term spending bill. What happens next?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?