Shipping Note: This item usually arrives at your doorstep in 10-15 days
Author: P Sainath
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140259848
The poor in India are, too often, reduced to statistics. In the dry language of development reports and economic projections, the true misery of the 312 million who live below the poverty line, or the 26 million displaced by various projects, or the 13 million who suffer from tuberculosis gets overlooked. In this thoroughly researched study of the poorest of the poor, we get to see how they manage, what sustains them, and the efforts, often ludicrous, to do something for them.
We are shown, for example, the case of a road to a village built to benefit a tribe where only one member of the tribe lives. Or a major dairy development project which, two years and Rs 2 crores later, fails to yield an additional litre of milk. To make matters worse, a decade later, the villagers are left without a single stud bull! And, while these exercises to alleviate the lot of the poor carry on, the face of poverty does not change in the least. Mukta Kadam, for example, has seen her village displaced thrice by development projects. Kishan Yadav walks forty kilometers and more, pushing a bicycle carrying as much as 250 kg of coal, to earn ten rupees.
Although this book pays a great deal of attention to individual districts, the issues it raises are universal in their relevance. For the people who figure in this book typify the lives and aspirations of a large section of Indian society, and their stories present us with the true face of development.
P Sainath won several awards for the reports in this book. Among these were the European Commission’s Journalism Award, the PUCL Human Rights Journalism Award, the Statesman Rural Reporting Prize and the Raja-Lakshmi Award.
Still Crazy After All These Years
A brief introduction to the absurd
The Trickle Up & Down Theory
Health in rural India
This Is the Way We Go to School
A look at rural education
And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
The problems of forced displacement
Beyond the Margin
Survival Strategies of the poor
Lenders, Losers, Crooks & Credit
Usury, debt and the rural Indian
Crime & No Punishment
Targeting the poor
Despots, Distillers, Poets & Artists
Characters of the countryside
Everybody Loves a Good Drought
Water problems, real and rigged
With Their Own Weapons
When the poor fight back
Poverty, Development & the Press
APPENDIX 1-THE OFFICIAL POVERTY LINE
APPENDIX 2-THE DISTRICTS-A FEW INDICATORS
DISTRICT-WISE INDEX OF STORIES