Saturday, October 20, 2007

Off to Bharat

My next blog shall come after ten days. The reason is that we are going to see the real India, that is its villages. I shall be going to a village in Tonk district, Rajasthan.

It is not that I have never seen a village. My grandparents lived in a village and I used to go there every year. But this time it shall be different. We will try to understand functioning of development programs, caste dynamics, delivery of services etc.

Before going there I wish to put what I expect a village to be like. It would be fun to see after coming back if all this is true.

1. The caste will be a dominant factor in village.
2. Since the village is in Rajasthan, there will be problem of water.
3. Women will be in Purdah and more backward than males.
4. The school teacher must not be coming regularly.
5. The actual functioning and statistics on paper of development programs will be different.

Well these are only my naive perceptions. I will be happy if the village has mobile signals. Not because my mobile will be functioning, but that shall be a sign of perculation of development. Anyways I have to rush now.

Wait for the details of ‘Bharat’ till I come back


Praveen said...

to add to your list,

6. People always hope that the Government will find answers to their problems. (although they may contradict when they speak out)

7. Woman plays a major role in family earnings. May be more in % than the urban Woman.

8. Most (all?) of their problems have solutions(simple?) yet it's herculean to implement them.

9. There is a considerable amount of talent that goes unidentified or deprived of a chance.

Hari said...

Though one can add to u r list as already had been done,i think u r score would be one out of five(with u r guess being right on fifth point) or two out of five ( first and fifth)

Pilani Pictures said... many right?

(btw, your blog has got a nice layout/design dude!)

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

have a nice trip

Anurag Srivastava said...

@Praveen: All your points were indeed true. People look to govt for everything, implementation is really difficult and I found some amazingly intelligent children in villae.

You know in NREGA, women actually work whereas men sit and take the money. They alos help in fields.

@hari: I found only 1 and 4 (caste and teachers)exactly correct. Others were only partially true. So my score is indeed 2/5

@pilani pictures: 2/5, I really dont know our villages. Thanks for appreciating the template :)

@The_Girl_From_Ipanema: Thanks,
Nice to see you at my blog, and I am back now :)