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October 31, 2003

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How is Hyderabad a Muslim city if it's located in the middle of Hindu India? An Islamic dynasty, the Qutb Shahi, founded the city in the 16th century (those were the days when Islam ruled India) and the city has retained this heritage. Over the country 12% of the Indian population follows Islam. The local people consider themselves minorities, called Telugu, and speak a different language than Hindi or English.
Last day in Hyderabad and we finally see the city's most important landmark - the Charminar. In its day this building was the most renowned and important structure in Southern India. Today it's a very fancy roundabout.
Hyderabad's old town streets assault the senses with sounds, smells, and sights.
The games wrapped up today too. India won the most medals but China won the most gold. Japan, Uzbekistan, and Nigeria performed well too.