Folks, here comes the 22nd instalment of Incredible India, with those only-in-India stories.
* This one is straight out of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not book and weÂ were tongue-tied when we first heard this. Mahesh, a follower of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, cut his tongue at a Hindu temple as a bribe for his leader’s victory.
Mahesh can’t talk now. Read this excerpt:
An ardent follower of chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy sliced his tongue on Wednesday as an offering to God for the success of the latter in the coming elections.
C Mahesh, 30, from West Godavari district, resorted to this act at Venkateswara temple besides Satya Sai Nigamagamam at Srinagar Colony around 11.30 am..
…..Mahesh was later shifted to the Osmania General Hospital by the locals from the temple. OGH resident medical officer (RMO) Dr Ashok Kumar Vaidya told TOI that Mahesh had lost the tip of the tongue and was unable to talk.
* Yet another foreigner has been raped in India. Anyone really surprised. The American girl, a student at the TISS, was gangraped while she was unconscious, according to the police.
* People in Bihar still live in the lantern age. Read this story in Bihar Times.
* Miracle, Miracle. Media reports from India show an unbelievable miracle – just 17 people were killed in the first phase of India’s parliamentary polls. Who would have thought this possible? Here’s an excerpt from an Indian media report:
[I]t was a bloody start to the ambitious exercise with Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Maharashtra seeing violence and intimidation as Maoist guerrillas tried to implement their election boycott through the barrel of the gun.
At least 17 people were killed as cadres of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist, which seeks to carry out an agrarian-based revolution, targeted polling officials and security personnel across the insurgency hit states.
Since we have four more phases of the elections still to go, you can expect a lot more violence and many more deaths. The clowns will end up with at least a century by the end of the whole poll process.Â
Mera Bharat Mahaaan.