When Michael Jackson dangled his youngest baby over a Berlin hotel lobby five years ago, it resulted in an international uproar, followed by the pop star’s apology. A German newspaper called the act “foolish”, a British tabloid called it “lunatic”, and yet another labelled him the “mad bad dad”.
What will the world make of this video, courtesy Eenadu Television?
Mahesh V. Shetagar reports that in village Indipatna in Karnataka’s Bijapur district, 162 were thrown off the 20-foot tall temple balcony as part of the Sadguru Shanteeshwara village fair yesterday, in a bizarre ritual that is said to usher in good health for the infants between 6 and 8 months of age.
The babies are caught in a trampoline kind of ring that relatives and other devotees hold below. Babies born after this year’s fair will qualify for the ceremony next year. The custom has apparently been followed for generations.
Madness? Ignorance? Superstition? Devil-may-care desi tradition?
Agreed.What about Christians who promise cures for Every disability under the sun be it to those born Blind , Deaf and Dumb , polio affected ,some missionary conducts a camp in bangalore and churmuri does not battle a eyelid.
Hey… I thought this was copyrighted in a video game some years back. I distinctly remember playing it on my school computers in 6th Standard??
No Harm No foul… i guess…
What michael jackson did was not right.I think he was invovled in a dangerous prank.But what happened during the festival in karnatkas village is unacceptable i was really shocked to see the t.v. clipings the sheeps were thrown like garlands i oppose this.where is the people of animal welfare who are more concern only about the strret dogs of banglore i just cant find them hope they oopose this in future
There are probably a million such superstitious acts practiced in India., like people running naked in Chandragutti and people copulating in a temple premises in another place, so on and so forth. These things can change only when the society as a whole transforms and discourages such practices. The sad part is India as a society has not changed a much in the last few hundred years. And there isn’t much hope of change within our lifetimes.