Sunday, October 24, 2010

Maoist hotbed Bastar gets 3G coverage

Map of India showing location of ChhattisgarhI worked in Bastar many long years ago. At that time facilities for communication were very limited: telephone (if you were lucky and persisted long enough), telegrams (which might or might go through) and the post. The village where I worked was just one mile from the main highway between Jagdalpur and Raipur, and had no electricity.
Now along with all the troubles the area has been having from the Maoists (Naxalites) there have been great strides in the development of infrastructure which we so take for granted. I am amazed today to read that area now has 3G coverage:
Maoist hotbed Bastar gets 3G coverage
I suppose I would not recognise the place now. I assume the village has electricity and other miscellaneous facilities such as telephones, mobile phones and internet. It's quite a mind stretching exercise to think about. While I'm glad that my friends there have improved facilities I am also distressed that they have suffered over many years from the disruptions caused by the Naxalites.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Our Deep Ache...

"Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool ...." Psalm 99:5 NKJV
We live in a cynical age that discourages wonder, marvel and awe, yet deep down we still ache for it. God created us so that when we experience something awe-inspiring we need to praise it, to wrap words around it. Let's worship God – not because He needs it, but because we do!
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