Another Indian City Civilizes (fwd)
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It is time for others to learn from this example and civilise themselves.
RTw 08/01 0500 INDIAN HOLY TOWN BANS MEAT AND POP MUSIC
NEW DELHI, Aug 1 (Reuter) - Authorities in a Hindu holy town in eastern
India have banned the sale of meat and the playing of popular film music,
the Press Trust of India (PTI) said on Monday.
The news agency said the local council in the coastal town of Puri in
the state of Orissa banned the sale of meat, fish and eggs in several parts
of the town which houses the 12th century Jagannath temple.
Puri, one of India's holiest towns, is famous for the huge vehicle
carrying idols of the Hindu god Vishnu hauled annually around the city by
Vishnu is known locally as Jagannath, from which the English word
juggernaut is derived. Sometimes devotees are crushed to death by the
vehicle as they prostrate themselves in the road.
Playing pop tunes over loudspeakers in public places is common in
India where a prolific film industry churns out movies punctuated with
Vegetarianism is popular in predominantly Hindu India, whose priestly
Brahmin castes do not eat meat, fish or eggs, considering them polluting.
Shopkeepers violating Puri's ban would lose their licences, and even
hotels near the temple cannot serve non-vegetarian food, PTI said.
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