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September 19th, 2002
Soul of India
Resources

BBC: Ayodhya Dispute
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/debates/south_asian/1872472.stm
Get a detailed backgrounder on the Ayodhya dispute, plus audio and video segments and comments from users from around the world on whether or not to build a Hindu temple on the site of the Babri Mosque.

Bharatiya Janata Party
http://www.bjp.org/
Find out more about the policy positions and philosophy advocated by the Hindu nationalist party that now rules India.

Government of India
http://goidirectory.nic.in/
Use this site for links to the governments of states across India or to get a sense of how political institutions in the world’s largest democracy work.

Hindu Universe
http://www.hindunet.org/
This extensive portal provides detailed, basic information on the customs, philosophies, gods and worship practices of Hinduism.

<!– The History of India
http://www.itihaas.com/
This highly useable site provides an overview of Indian history from ancient times until the present day. Essays by scholars of Indian history supplement the category-based timeline.

–> Human Rights Watch Report: Gujarat
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2002/india/
The report from this international human rights organization claims that the Gujarat government was complicit in the recent violence against Muslim residents.

India’s Religions
http://www.asianinfo.org/asianinfo/india/religion.htm#Hinduism
Get brief summaries of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, and Zorastrianism at this site from AsianInfo.org.

Indian Muslim Alert Network
http://www.imannet.com/
This activist site contains links to Indian Muslim publications, discussion boards and various reports on issues concerning India’s Muslim community.

Islam – About.com
http://islam.about.com/cs/basicsofislam/
Get detailed, basic information on the beliefs and customs of Muslims worldwide.

The Milli Gazette
http://www.milligazette.com/
This New Delhi-based bi-monthly, English-language newspaper relays information relevant to India’s Muslim community.

TIME Asia: Mourning in India
http://www.time.com/time/asia/features/india_ayodhya/
This in-depth report takes a look at the wave of revenge killings that followed the murder of Hindu activists by a Muslim mob in Godhra and what the violence means for Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s government.

The Times of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/default
Search one of India’s leading dailies for stories related to the discord over Ayodhya.

Vishva Hindu Parishad
http://www.vhp.org/
Also known as the World Hindu Council, this Hindu nationalist organization has been at the forefront of the fight over Ayodhya and its aftermath. Get a sense of its objectives or see a photo gallery of Hindu artifacts from the Ayodhya site.

Washington Post: Report on Kashmir
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/kashmir/front.html
Take a look at India’s on-going dispute over Kashmir at this Q&A mini-site on the territorial conflict with Pakistan.

The Way to Truth: Understanding the Islamic religion
http://www.thewaytotruth.org/
A web site dedicated to explaining Islam, the Qur’an and clarifying Islamic positions on contemporary issues.

Islaam.com
http://www.islaam.com/
A resource devoted to Islam featuring articles, audio lectures and Qur’anic recitations.

Understanding Islam
http://www.understanding-islam.com/
A web site committed to answering questions and criticisms about Islam and the Qur�an.

Renaissance, a monthly Islamic journal
http://www.renaissance.com.pk/
Renaissance, a monthly online journal, presents the teachings of Islam and applies its principles to current issues.

IslamiCity
http://www.islamicity.com/
IslamiCity, a global Muslim e-Community, contains information on Islam and Muslims with articles, audio and video components.

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