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Islamic Monuments Destroyed During Riots in India

Source: Luke Harding, The Guardian, 6/29/02
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Two hundred and thirty Islamic monuments, including a 400-year-old mosque considered exquisite, were destroyed or vandalised during recent anti-Muslim riots in the Indian state of Gujarat.

According to news reports from India, experts say the damage is so extensive that it rivals the better publicized destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas by Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan and the wrecking of Tibet's monasteries by the Red Guards.

About 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, died during the riots. In other reported disturbances, Hindu gangs have smashed mosque screens, thrown bricks at Persian inscriptions, and burned old copies of the Koran.

"This has been a systematic attempt to wipe out an entire culture," said Teesta Setalvad of Sapara, an organization opposed to communal strife that compiled the list of damaged artifacts.


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This story was published on July 3, 2002.
  
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