- WE AND OUR VILLAGE
- Village interventions.
- Village - a deeply cultured place
- The inner strength of the village
- The purpose of charity
- Village stories and philosophy
- Annapurna and Others
- Stories of my children
- Day by day in the village.
- Health in the Village
- Schooling and education
- Enounters with the modern
- Learnings from Narmada
- Learnings Down the Years
Monday, 10 October 2016
FB Discussions - Gilt edged urban dreams
A friend wrote that villagers are displaced by projects and lose livlihoods. I wish reality were that simple. An external enemy is at least visible.
In my village people lured by dreams of development and money, and empowered by borewell technology, destroyed their own groundwater reserves completely in 30 years. And after growing and selling sugarcane for three decades, and having built cement houses with that money, are today in a waterless hell - with no agriculture, no livlihoods. Technically they destroyed themselves.
When modernity, and corporates, and industrilization, and consumerism co-opts ordinary people who make those dreams their own. then where is the enemy, and whom does one fight against ... The enemy, the consumerist dreams, is now deep within each one of us.