November 17, 2006

Brits Behaving Badly

We've used this headline before, but this time around Americans Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are caught up in the mix. Three British bodyguards working for Brangelina were arrested today after they roughed up children and their parents at a school in India where Jolie was filming. As parents arrived to pick up their kids from school, the bodyguards began pushing and shoving them, calling them "bloody Indians" and "bloody Muslims." Upon arriving in India, Jolie said she and Brad were eager to learn about India and its people, so we're hoping she'll take this opportunity to educate her staff as well. Over 1 billion people live in India making the country the world's largest democracy. India is at least 10,000 years old and was incredibly wealthy until the British arrived in the early 17th Century. In 1947, India won independence from Britain after a long non-violent movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. At that time, regions of India were partitioned and Muslims migrated to these areas now known as the countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh, while Hindus moved to Indian states. The majority of Indians are Hindus, with small populations practicing Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. Hinduism is the oldest of all recognized religions (2600 B.C.) and is ranked third in the world with a population of 900 million. Christianity is first with 2.1 billion people, while Islam is second with 1.3 billion people. That concludes our lesson for today.