Monday, 5 May 2014

Long ago ...

In my village, dalit and landless, the elders talk about 50 years ago. There were cows in every household as agriculture depended on cows. There was milk for all children as there were no collection centres to buy the milk for urban areas. The tanks had water and there was fish, crabs (ours is a dry/ tank-irrigated area). Paddy was grown in surplus and people ate well. 

Today borewells have exhausted our groundwater, there is no agriculture, every drop of milk is sold away in an effort to deal with a monetisaed economy, and children are all anaemic. Yes, there are TVs, and cell phones, and cement houses. Thats modernity and development - socialist or capitalist or communist.  

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