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Nov 14, 2013

Army occupation angers Sri Lankan Tamils four years after war ends

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – The threats came by text message, a phone call and a delivery of two cow skulls. The message was clear: stop protesting against the army’s occupation of your land or you will be killed.

Four years after Sri Lanka’s army crushed the Tamil Tiger guerrilla army and ended a civil war that had lasted nearly three decades, Tamils say they are blatantly repressed in Jaffna, the capital of this Indian Ocean island’s northern peninsula.

Nov 12, 2013

Torture claims cast shadow over Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth summit

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Allegations that ethnic minority Tamils in Sri Lanka are being subjected to abuses four years after the army won a civil war against separatist rebels have put pressure on the government as it prepares to host a Commonwealth summit.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said weeks ago he was skipping the meeting because of concern about a deterioration in human rights and his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, has also pulled out.

Nov 5, 2013

Jairam likens Modi’s rise to that of Nazi Germany

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government stepped up its criticism of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday, painting him as a dangerous extremist and comparing his rise to the birth of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Modi’s critics have long sought to associate the Hindu nationalist leader with fascism and blame him for anti-Muslim riots in 2002 that killed at least 1,000 people. He denies any wrongdoing in the riots and a Supreme Court investigation found no evidence to prosecute him.

Nov 5, 2013

Indian minister likens rise of PM candidate Modi to Third Reich

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government stepped up its criticism of leading opposition prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday, painting him as a dangerous extremist and comparing his rise to the birth of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Modi’s critics have long sought to associate the Hindu nationalist leader with fascism and blame him for anti-Muslim riots in 2002 that killed at least 1,000 people. He denies any wrongdoing in the riots and a Supreme Court investigation found no evidence to prosecute him.

Oct 30, 2013

Modi aims at history and Gandhis with world’s tallest statue

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Narendra Modi is building the world’s tallest statue at a cost of almost $340 million in honour of one of the country’s founding fathers, a project he is using to undermine his chief rivals, the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty.

The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s deputy and his interior minister but often at odds with him, is to be built on a river island in Gujarat, the home state of both Patel and Modi.

Oct 30, 2013

India’s Modi aims at history and Gandhis with world’s tallest statue

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi is building the world’s tallest statue at a cost of almost $340 million in honor of one of the country’s founding fathers, a project he is using to undermine his chief rivals, the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty.

The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s deputy and his interior minister but often at odds with him, is to be built on a river island in Gujarat, the home state of both Patel and Modi.

Oct 29, 2013
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India police say Islamists behind attack on Hindu nationalist opposition rally

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(Smoke rises after a bomb exploded near a public ground where Gujarat’s chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was to address a rally in the eastern Indian city of Patna October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan )

An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Indian Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.

Oct 29, 2013

Indian Mujahideen behind attack on Modi rally: police

BHUBANESWAR/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.

Modi, who has a good chance of becoming India’s next prime minister, is seen as a target of militants who hold him responsible for riots a decade ago during his first term as chief minister of Gujarat. At least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in the rioting.

Oct 29, 2013

India police say Islamists behind attack on opposition rally

BHUBANESWAR/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Indian Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.

Modi, who has a good chance of becoming India’s next prime minister, is seen as a target of militants who hold him responsible for riots a decade ago during his first term as chief minister of Gujarat state. At least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in the rioting.

Oct 28, 2013

BJP urges tighter safety for Narendra Modi after blasts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded on Monday protection for its candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, after a series of small blasts killed six people shortly before he addressed a weekend rally.

While Modi was not in the immediate vicinity of any of the blasts in on Sunday, they were a reminder of India’s bloody political history, that includes the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally in 1991.