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Poor man s greatest enemy In my view this book is a must read for all aspiring ournalists and public servants Development is the strategy of evasion When you can t give people land reform give them hybrid cows When you can t send the children to school try non formal education When you can t provide basic health to people talk of health insurance Can t give them obs Not to worry Just redefine the words employment opportunities Don t want to do away with using children as a form of slave labour Never mind Talk of improving the conditions of child labour It sounds good You can even make money out of it This book encompasses a number of oxymorons At one moment you feel like laughing at the mindless policies of the government and various commissions whereas at the very next moment the pain of the helpless catch your imagination making you feel thoroughly depressed and heartbroken A very lucid description of the poor of India with a pretty detailed version of the problems faced by them This book proves that an official can change the lives of a huge number of people and the only factor hindering hisher path is the selfish motives involved at various levels of the machinery Incidents of heroic acts by some officials NGOs and the villagers themselves which have changed the lives of many many people who otherwise are faced by a structured system of oppressors lighten a ray of hope and motivates one to stand up for the causeThe very fact illustrated beautifully in this book is that even though some policies are meant to do good and are made with a good intention are completely ruined and have proved devastating for the poor merely because the actual people getting affected do not form a part of the planning stage Overall a must read for the urban elites who do not have any incite as to what may be who do not have any incite as to what may be on about a few minutes drive from their homes My friends I am devastated Shaken to the core by what happens in my beloved country Ashamed to eat three suare meals a day and call myself Indian when in parts of India children die like flies due to malnutrition and preventable diseasesThe fact that I am a cog in the machine which contributes to This Disaster We Call disaster we call rankles still furtherReview to come after I recover Well I think I have recovered sufficiently to do an objective reviewIn 1991 a new government came to power in India under P V Narasimha Rao Rao was not really a career politician he was catapulted into the chair following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi the PM elect of the Congress party during campaigning It was the first time that a non member of the Nehru dynasty was heading the Congress and India and Rao made the even revolutionary step of appointing the internationally acclaimed economist Dr Manmohan Singh as his finance ministerDr Singh set about dis mantling the economic framework of India in a revolutionary manner The Nehruvian socialist framework modelled loosely on Soviet Russia s system Nehru was a leftist and a fan framework modelled loosely on Soviet Russia s system Nehru was a leftist and a fan Stalin was demolished and capitalism was ushered in on a red carpet India s ponderous bureaucracy withered away the country took to privatisation in a big way the foreign exchange started pouring in and India was off like a rocket The country has not looked back since thenBut there was a small minority who bemoaned the destruction of socialism and the rise of corpocracy They provided dire The efforts often ludicrous to do something for them 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 developmen. Ympathy and finally succumbing to Hopeless Depression Good Luck Unspeakably depression Good Luck Unspeakably In this countryTo read this book is a "PrivilegeTo Read This Book Written "read this book written English is a privilegeTo buy this book is a privilegeTo read this book at night under lights is a privilegeTo read this book in my home is a privilegeTo read this book in my own room is a privilegeTo discuss this book on an online forum is a privilegeTo express angry opinions regarding some articles in this book is a privilegeTo drink water after is a privilegeTo snack while reading is a privilegeAnd it goes onThe extent to which us urban dwellers are privileged is something those who lack basic resources and infrastructures cannot fathom In this insightful and exceptional work of ournalism Mr Sainath attempts to deconstruct poverty in India by covering the stories from some of the poorest of the poor districts Why are these people so poor even after all these years of poverty alleviation programmes relief work and financial aidThe author covers two districts each from Orissa Tamil Nadu Madhya Pradesh and Bihar The stories cover the inefficiency of relief programmes the prevention of funds trickling down to alleviate the most impoverished displacement of locals due to development projects destruction of forest and agricultural land the vicious cycle of debt due to unethical moneylending arrack and lastly famine and drought It takes the reader through the stories of the tribals and locals mostly lower caste 50% of the people affected by displacement are SCST and shows the effect that the above issues have not ust on their families but also on their following generationsDavid Foster Wallace while talking about watching video of the 911 attack says It seems grotesue to talk about being traumatized by a video when the people in the video were dying Similarly I feel grotesue about talking or writing about being affected by reading an account of the suffering of the millions while they continue to suffer This is indeed a tragedy and one of epic proportions Also as one from an elite and privileged populace it s easy to be oblivious to the havoc that we wreak on the poor the elite act differently Say all the right things But deny access to the underprivileged Poverty is not an event but a process And it reuires an empathy and understanding beyond what the statistics which are ghastly enough can evoke This is the essence of the book and it does this With Its Stories An Eye Opener The First Thing That its stories An eye opener The first thing that me after finishing the book was that there was a time in India when a newspaper like Times of India could hire someone like Sainath and give him a free hand over his own reportage Although the book was compiled in the early 1990s and the wide ranging effects of the economic reforms of 1991 had not yet been understood fully Sainath brilliantly indicates the possibilities in case the reform is not handled with utmost care To a conscientious reader who belongs to the so called middle class of India a misplaced term in itself since it mostly denotes the top 10 percentile of the income band all chapters in the book will be hugely embarrassing In Sainath s writing rhetoric is conspicuous by its absence it is almost like he is covering an India where people have skeletons and no fat Sainath not only raises pertinent uestions but also shows how most times bureaucratic procedure is 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. This is going to be one of my all time favorites now that rural poverty and it s miserable cousin suburban sualor most vividly represented by Dalit India are seen by the power structures of the country as the cause of India s backwardness when they re in truth it s resultI chose this line because this broadly is the theme of this book Book is a collection of articles by the author in 90s about conditions of different villages in India We tend to think of contemporary issues in oversimplified view like haan agrarian crisis deforestation affects tribals This one shows the variants of those and how they re perpetuated by the ruling class pouring them on rural people making their constantly nurtured living hellFirst thing I liked about this books is that unlike most writers highly privileged background who paint class religious linguistic etc oppression with ridiculously huge brush of poverty Sainath puts his fingers on each of them in every case and clearly points out which part of the misery is contributed by which oneSecond book gets darker as the pages turn At this point many authors tend to get into gruesome details to either romanticize the pain of the people or make poverty porn out of it This guy doesn t Reports make you bleed internally and after a point you become numb Exactly at this point he introduces bunch of stories to give you hope not a lot but ust enough to let you know there s still scope for you to do somethingThis is a must read for everyone and in particular for people from MP Odisha TN Bihar and Jharkhand You might learn a lot about your own state that you were previously oblivious toPS A lot of people pointed out to me about Author s supposedly flawed ideologies But I don t think it matters this is damn good ournalism The book provides an account of the life of the other India one that s rarely portrayed in book provides an account of the life of the other India one that s rarely portrayed in an India which many of us grow up unaware of being raised in cities The narrative is chilling affects one at a deep level and is uite perspective altering It s a story about the sheer apathy India shows to these less fortunate citizens It uestions the very concepts we use when we think of progress GDP What does that even mean for the millions of Indian citizens who re cut off from the larger economy Then there s an account of the extent of corruption Stories of corruption aren t new to us But corruption of the kind that s shown here devoid of the slightest of humanity brings out a deep sense of disgust from within and is profoundly illuminatingAlthough these stories are 20 years old I m willing to bet that they occur even in the present day to a lesser extent hopefully And especially as corporate influences on govt only seems to increase with the present political regime in a sense the book is relevant than ever Perhaps the only silver lining is that better accounting of the population and digitization via schemes such as Aadhar should help weed out some of the corruption When you read these short accounts mostly newspaper reports of some of the poorest people of India about their lives and livelihood about their gullibility and superstitions about their victimization by the corrupt and mindless policy makers about their misery and public apathy towards their sufferings you will go through a series of emotions starting from a mix of anger amusement and pity slowly moving to frustration and The human face of povertyThe 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. .
Everybody Loves a Good Drought Stories from India's Poorest Districts

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