In a blue office cramped with stacks of Hindu literature, B.L. Sharma gestured emphatically and pounded a desk with his fist while explaining recent violence between Moslems and Hindus in India.
"It is because of intolerant teachings of this bloody Koran," Sharma said. "From the very beginning, since their inception, they (Moslems) have been intolerant. Until such time as Islam remains in this world, riots will continue."As general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a right-wing cultural organization, Sharma is one of the main people pushing for construction of a temple to the Hindu deity Lord Rama at the site of a 16th century mosque in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
Hindu pressure for construction of the temple led to the collapse of Prime Minister V.P. Singh's government last month and set Hindu-Moslem relations on edge. Renewed agitation this month touched off a wave of violence that has killed more than 200 people - including one who was stabbed to death Sunday.
Behind the Hindu demand for the temple to Rama is a growing Hindu consciousness and a general feeling among Hindus that they are being treated as second-class citizens despite their vast numerical majority.
That feeling has caused a ground-swell of racist, anti-Moslem sentiment. Hindus express concern that the estimated 110 million Moslems in India will breed faster than the 700 million Hindus and take over the country. And they damn politicians for catering to Moslem sensibilities.
Relations between Moslems and Hindus never have been ideal. Invaders brought Islam to India centuries ago and Moslems ruled over much of the country for generations until they were conquered by the Christian British.
"Their history is full of blood, blood, bloodshed," Sharma said of the Moslems.
Only with the coming of independence and democracy in 1947 did Hindus regain control of their government. And then it was Moslems, fearing secular rule by the majority, who demanded the subcontinent be carved up so they could have a separate Moslem state - Pakistan.
Many Hindus believe that after finally regaining political control, their own government began to cater to Moslem whims following independence.
"Hindus are feeling that even though our constitution gives equal rights to everybody, the Moslem community is getting better treatment than the majority community," said Kidar Nath Sahani, the general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata party.
Sahani, whose party gives a political voice to many of the ideals espoused by Sharma's cultural group, said what was particularly galling to Hindus was a decision by parliament several years ago to exempt Moslems from certain elements of Indian law.
As a result, he said, Moslems are governed by Islamic law on such issues as marriage, divorce and payment of alimony. While Hindus are allowed only one wife, Moslems may marry several times.
"Naturally the entire country other than Moslems were enraged," he said. "What is this? You call it a secular country where law should be applicable to every citizen, how come Moslems are being treated in a different way? That widened the gap."
For many Hindus, the government had gone too far. And when the dispute over Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya - the traditional birthplace of Rama - began to simmer again, organizations like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad drew the line.
Many Hindus believe the Moslem invader Babar, who built the Babri Mosque, destroyed an ancient temple to Rama to make way for the structure.