Thursday, September 30, 2010

9/29/2010 - Trip Cancelled, The Ayodha Verdict

False alarm.  No travel for neither Chris or myself today.  The reason?  The infamous (in India at least) Ayodha verdict is tomorrow.  Apparently this is a very big deal. Read more here. The gist of the whole thing is many, many years ago Muslims conquered a particular area of land in India which was said to be holy to the Hindu religion (apparently a God by the name of Ram was born there).  The Muslims built a mosque in the area.  In Dec of 1992, a large group of Hindu's torn down the mosque.  Many people (mainly Muslims) died.  It was very tragic. So, for many years now there has been a dispute over who rightly owns the land. Both sides are very passionate and India is well known for it's religious tolerance so we'll see what tomorrow brings.  I've been advised to stay at the hotel just in case protests break out.  Wow, right?

On a happier note, Chris and I did get a good day of work in AND we were able to go to a clinic where they help pregnant women with HIV learn about measures so they can reduce their risk of transmission to their baby.  It was amazing.  We had a very insightful discussion with the doctor and it's sad how much stigma HIV has in India.

After work we met up with the rest of the team and went to a mall and supermarket.  The only thing I bought were a set of bindi for my family.  They'll have fun trying them on.   Afterward the crew headed back to the hotel were we ordered food.  Tomorrow ought to be interesting.  Take care everyone.
Chris, Nayeema, Dan at Clinic

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