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Faith and hope

In India, a temple, a mosque and a gurudwara all under one roof offer proof that religions can coexist.

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One of the main triggers of religious conflict in India, particularly between Hindus and the Muslims, has been over places of worship. The demolition in 1992 of the ancient Babri Mosque at Ayodhya by the Hindu religious right, who claimed it was the birthplace of Lord Ram, is just one example. 

The Hindu temple, Muslim mosque and Sikh gurudwara in Farrukhnagar, 30 kilometres from new Delhi, offer dramatic proof that different faiths can coexist.

Many religious sites in India including those at Kashi and Mathura still remain disputed, with adherents of Hinduism and Islam ready to cross swords with each other over them. Such attitudes not only underline the sectarian division of the country but also affect the economy, be it investment inflows or the influx of tourists into the country.

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