Giriraj Kishore, hardline Hindu leader, dies

  • Giriraj Kishore, a senior functionary of the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a right-wing Indian outfit, died at the age of 94.

    Born in 1920 in what is today Uttar Pradesh state, he was the vice-president of VHP and a public face of a controversial campaign to build a temple for the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, a holy town in Uttar Pradesh.

    Kishore joined the Hindu nationalist organisation, RSS, at a young age and became part of the VHP in the early 1980s.


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