The educated, decided to 'develop' them and give them the basics of health and education.
They were given an allopathic system, which invalidated, before their own eyes, their vast and detailed health practice.
They were given a schooling system which proclaimed and established the supremacy of a certian type of learning - based on reading and writing skills - and rendered worthless befor their own eyes their vast and depthless knowlwdge of animals and plants and farming and animal rearing and cures and stories and dances.
A wise and wonderful community lost its sense of worth and value and thereby lost everything.
When 'the modern-educated', engage with the village people 'the traditionally wise', if we are not aware of their own paradigms, we will only impoverish them.
It takes long years in a community, to even begin to understand their wisdom and worldview.
Our consumption creates waves that entice and drag others along. Giving a damn for the future.
Anyway what we can do is what we need to do. The reality is deprivation. If you would like to address it, please let me know and we can plan. In any place.