Haj subsidy should go and Muslims should be free to go on Haj by any airline. Air Indiaâ€™s air fare for Haj was Rs.32,000/- and pilgrims were required to pay Rs.12,000/-. Every pilgrim got a subsidy of Rs.20,000/-. Pilgrims should be free to travel by other airlines if they want. If they are able to travel for less than Rs.32,000/- it is better for them. There should be no subsidy for pilgrimages of any religion.
Today (8/9/2006) (Eighth September 2006) is the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. This feast is celebrated by Catholics in Mangalore. Schools have holidays. It used to be a harvest festival with vegetarian meals. Some families have made it non-vegetarian.
I receive many messages by E-Mail which are multiply forwarded. Two messages were so big that they went into spam. It takes a long time to go through the list of forwarders and reach the message.