Everybody Loves a Good Drought
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 ...more
The fact that I am a cog in the machine which contributes to this disaster we call "development" rankles still further.
Review to come... after I recover.
Well, I think I have recovered sufficiently to do an obje ...more
To read this book is a privilege.
To read this book written in English, is a privilege.
To buy this book is a privilege.
To read this book at night under lights, is a privilege.
To read this book in my home, is a privilege.
To read this book in my own room, is a privilege.
To discuss this book on an online forum, is a privilege.
To express angry opinions regarding some articles in this book, is a privilege.
To drink water after, is a privilege.
To snack while reading, is a privilege.
And i ...more
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 hinder ...more
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It's a story about the sheer apathy India shows to these less fortunate citizens. It questions 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 lar ...more
We pay our taxes and think our deed is done.
While reading it, you will visit lives of people living in remote and poor villages of india in 80s and 90s and how the government policies have effected them, their struggles, their fight for the survival.
Just hoping that things might have changed now but I know its a high hope.
Book teaches us to be humble and thankful for what we have and also p ...more
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 aid?
The 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 ...more
To my beloved country, I stand disgusted as I understand the meaning behind the title of this book.
Compiled in the early 1990's, no doubt, when I first picked it up, I had my qualms about this book's due relevance today, after almost 30 years. While reading, I kept on thinking that this has to be all part of the history and I am definitely not that incognizant to not have known about these brutal realities that dance naked in our country today. Laughable? Yes, it shockingly is! What popped me ou...more
"... that rural poverty and it's miserable cousin, suburban squalor, 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 result"
I 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 ov ...more
The description of the book is fairly bland - it's a collection of newspaper articles written by the journalist P.S Sainath on rural India while he was on a journalism fellowship. However, I literally wept when I read the chapters - each of which is an article from the newspaper ...more
Sainath's writing is hit-and-miss ; he falls back occasionally on some cliches. Additionally, the book reads as what it essentially is ; i.e. a collection of newspaper articles. There is no overarching theme, other than the crushing ...more
This is the kind of perspective and stark ...more
1) This book reminded me of my TISS days and readings.
2) Sometimes, we need reminders on the bubble we live in and the plight of people outside this bubble. Sainath does just that
What I didnt like:
The fact that the book is 20 years old, meaning that current facts and figures for our welfare report cards require a reader to research himself/herself.
It's a huge credit to Sainath for side-stepping that and going straight to the matter. Straight to numbers. Number of PHCs, number of schools, number of teachers, percentage attendance, number ...more
I consider it a personal loss that I finally picked up this book at the age of 23 and not before even though this has been around for almost as long as I have.
Published in 1996, this book is the most revelatory exercise on the apathy most of the country possesses towards the most marginalised communities of the nation and the huge mass of populat ...more