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Worldview 8.6.12

Pakistanis are silhouetted against the incoming traffic light while walking in a dark street median, due to a power cut, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

Monday on Worldview:

Seven people, including the gunmen, were killed in shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., on Sunday.  Sikhism was founded in the Punjab region of India in the 15th century. Nikky-Guninder Singh has written several books about Sikhism, including Sikhism: World Religions. She chairs the religion department at Colby College.  She discusses the history of the religion, the role of women in Sikhism and tells us about the Sikh communities outside of India.

Then, last week more than 600 million people in India were left without electrical power, after three electricity grids collapsed. It’s been called the world’s largest blackout, and has paralyzed transport across the country and brought business to a halt. India's demand for electricity has soared in recent years as its economy has grown but its power infrastructure has been unable to meet the growing needs. Additional power outages in Pakistan have brought people to the streets in protest during the last week. Arshad Mansoor is Senior Vice President of the Research and Development Group for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He explains why it’s so difficult for developing countries to meet the growing demand for power.

And, in a report released this week, Human Rights Watch has accused Burmese security forces as well as ethnic Rakhine Buddhist residents of killing and raping the minority Royhinga Muslims. The attacks took place in June when sectarian violence broke out. Physician Nora Rowley lived in Burma when she worked for Doctors Without Borders. Most of her staff were Royhinga and she says she witnessed the persecution firsthand. She tells Worldview why she thinks the international community needs to intervene. 

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