PREDICAMENT OF THE RURAL
The Alladi Memorial Trust and the Centre for Human Rights, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) organised the Alladi Memorial lecture by well-known Journalist and Ramon Magsaysay awardee P. Sainath on 29 September 2014.
In his lecture titled Predicament of the Rural, Sainath stated that today, the economic system is increasingly getting organized in a way that promotes concentration of wealth and productive resources at the cost of common good. 2011 census has brought some new insights on table- the nation is witnessing higher level of migration even more than at the time of partition. More than 3000 towns have come into existence and it should be understood that it’s at the cost of substantial collapse of agriculture in those areas. Rural areas are facing crises and not only a single crisis. It’s crisis of hunger, crisis of health, crisis of livelihood, crisis of food, crisis of deskilling, crisis of water and so on. He mentioned that the society is facing not only a crisis of material crisis but also of moral aspect; it’s not only a socio-economic crisis and crisis of intellect but is also a crisis of soul and the society can’t sustain this level of inequality and injustice. The world has been running behind increasing growth for the sake of growth but this has not helped anywhere to uplift condition of poor people.
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