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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Rural vs urban divide

We take many things in life for granted ! And city dwellers who have all the basic facilities at their beck and call, take them for granted ! When they visit a rural hill station or a village they enjoy the stay; but have they ever wondered what it takes to live in those places for years ?

Living without basic facilties or having to struggle hard to get them can take a toll on both the physical and mental state of the person. Having to travel 50 miles to get a pen, having to plan 3 months ahead to buy textbooks, having to stay without vegetables for 4 days in a row, no power for days together, having to study under street lights, to be cut from the civilization for days during rain .. the list is endless. What are those people doing there ? They are people in the villages and remote places helping you get the basic facilties in the cities. And the government or the people in the cities don't care about them !

I would even say instead of giving reservations on the basis of caste, people coming from the remote villages deserve the reservation


Blogger Jaikumar Ganesh said...

One of my friends commented on this post:

In her own words (and published without her permission, I must add) : "hey n the rural stuff - wat does giving reservation do?? it doesn't give them a better std of life... prob gud for the villagers who reach the level of colleges (eventually to become city dwellers)... but tht doesn't improve the quality of life.. wat say? "

My dear friend, thats a wonderful comment. I completely agree to your point of view.

But then atleast it might help when those youngsters get a good job and thus they could spend some money in improving the situation in the villages. Its easy to blame the government but that does not help at all.

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tch tch.. publishing without my permission.. ;) Anyways you are again missing the glaring point. Do you really think that the money that villagers (who migrate to the city) earn goes back to help the villages?? How many villages even have the basic schooling facilities to think abt reservations for higher studies? Villagers come to the city looking for greener pastures and trust me they have a tough time making their ends meet. The urban rural divide is a gud topic of discussion. However I dont think either of us have provided any feasible solution to it. Would be interesting to hear other opinion!!

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh oh i wudnt want to remain anonymous.. :) - Archana

1:02 AM  
Blogger Jaikumar Ganesh said...

oh yeah ! I completly agree that i have not provided any solution for that matter ! But I think what i was referring to were the villages from where people do get to the college level..Might be you might not call them villages but small towns I guess?

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm.. Hopefully this doesn't take the topic on a tangent. The fundamental problem with this whole reservation thing is that the right person rarely benefits from it. Why would you want to reserve a seat for a thriving business man's son because of his caste? I know that when they increased the rural quota in TN, a lot of ppl went and did their schooling in a boarding school off the city limits just to get a medical seat. Idealistically the system is perfect - the disadvantaged person is given a chance. But realistically, I dont see any success.

1:15 AM  

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