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A nation holds its breath

As if the Indian government doesn't have enough to worry about with the Commonwealth Games, today's ruling by a court on the future of the site of the Barbri Mosque has the nation's security forces on edge. It may take the wisdom of Solomon to keep the peace between Hindus and Muslims.

AYODHYA, India — The site of a demolished mosque in India is to be divided between Hindus and Muslims, an Indian court ruled Thursday.

The court in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh gave the Hindu community control over the section where the now demolished Babri Mosque stood and where a small makeshift tent-shrine to the Hindu god Rama rests.

Muslims revere the compound in Ayodhya as the former site of the mosque, built in 1528 by the Mughal emperor Babur, while Hindus say it is the birthplace of Rama and contend that a temple to the god stood on the site before the mosque.

Hindu mobs demolished the mosque in 1992, triggering some of India's worst riots. About 2,000 people died because of the violence.