Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Space Age & Stone Age

A couple of news items from India caught my attention in the last few days.

A thriving economy, the world's 12th largest, yesterday launched a rocket on a two year mission to the moon.

Meanwhile, villagers are holding an annual ritual. Women in the Badi Sadri, Udaipur district, have to prove they have been faithful to their husbands by dipping their hands in boiling oil for five seconds.

AP photo. . . . . . . . . . . . . Photo: Renu Rakesh/Gulf News

All living on the same planet, in the same country, at the same time but they're millenia apart.

There's plenty of work to be done to stamp out these barbaric, stone age practices. I wonder if anyone in authority is bothering.

You can read the full reports here:

India launches moon mission.

Barbaric test to check wife's fidelity.

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