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(Note: this entry posted by Bob Harris)
What could possibly bring Muslims and Hindus together in India?
Protesting George W. Bush's policies, that's what.
Thousands cheered the emotionally charged speeches and shouted slogans against the US. It was perhaps for the first time that crowds could be seen shouting slogans like "Allah-o-Akbar and "Har Har Mahadev" in the same breath.
For those who just came in, "Allahu Akbar" is Arabic for "God is the greatest" and is shouted by Muslims as a call to prayer; "Har Har Mahadev" is shouted by Hindus and roughly translates as "In the name of the greatest God," invoking Lord Shiva. I usually read about people yelling these things at each other, with the kind of tension you'd get if the Crips and Bloods had nuclear weapons.
Now they're yelling for God together.
Christ almighty, this is getting interesting (the agnostic with Theravada Buddhist leanings said).