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Bible and Koran removed from former Indian president Abdul Kalam’s memorial

Controversy as Indian’s celebrate the second anniversary of Abdul Kalam’s death.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Indian authorities have removed a copy of the Bible and the Koran from a new statue of a former president after a complaint by a Hindu nationalist party, officials said Tuesday (1). The removal of the books has fuelled a religious row over a carving depicting a Hindu holy book placed next to the statue of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Kalam, who as a scientist played a leading role in India’s landmark 1998 nuclear weapons tests, was president from 2002-2007 and a strongly secular figure. The sculpted Hindu “Bhagvad Gita” book was placed…

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