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May 28, 2000

Connecting Rural India to the World


MBALAM, India -- In this village at the southern tip of India, the century-old temple has two doors.

Through one lies tradition. People from the lowest castes and menstruating women cannot pass its threshold. Inside, the devout perform daily pujas, offering prayers. Through the second door lies the Information Age, and anyone may enter....

>From the New York Times:


Wednesday, May 24, 2000

'Magic box' a lifeline  to India's poor farmers

Cyber aid: tribal men gather outside a 'house of information'. The Internet is being in rural India used to educate and narrow the gap between rich and poor.

>From the South China Morning Post

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