Deputy Prime Minister Urges Hindus and Muslims to Reconcile

March 29, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News

On March 29, 2004 Yahoo! News posted a Reuters article that reported, "India's Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani on Monday urged Hindus and Muslims in riot-scarred Gujarat state to reconcile, as his Hindu nationalist party wooed Muslim voters before next month's general election. 'Relations between Hindus and Muslims have been tense for a long time. It's time for reconciliation everywhere,' Advani told a news conference after filing his nomination papers for election from Gandhinagar, Gujarat's capital city. Gujarat was the scene of India's worst religious riots in a decade when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in a series of reprisal attacks in early 2002 after a suspected Muslim mob set fire to a train and killed 59 Hindu activists."