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India has just seen some of its worst sectarian violence in decades, with Hindus and Muslims rioting and killing more than 500 people. Ironically, it's in Mahatma Gandhi's home state of Gujarat, where he refined his philosophy of non-violent action. The immediate cause is the four-century old dispute over a religious site in the state of Ayodhya. The site, considered to be the birthplace of the Hindu god-king Ram, has been home to a Muslim mosque that fundamentalist Hindus believe was built on the ruins of the Ram Temple. We get more background and update it to the 21st century, then hear about religious zealotry, secular democracy, class warfare, the interpretation of history, and the past's tenacious grip on the present, from Hindus and Muslims.
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