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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. In this insightful and exceptional work of journalism 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 just 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

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Everybody Loves a Good Drought Stories from India's Poorest DistrictsThe 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. In this countryTo read this book is a privilegeTo read this book written in 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

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Everybody Loves a Good Drought Stories from India's Poorest Districts Read ´ 100 ð 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 th26 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. 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 sympathy and finally succumbing to hopeless depression Good Luck