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Rajasthan Visit – Part 2

October 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Rajasthan is one of India’s less developed states. One could blame it on the desert-like terrain. Tourism is a mainstay for some of the cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur with their palaces and historical relevance. But when I see the still parched land, I cannot but help think of how our government has failed the state.

As I spoke with some of the locals, it became clear that the biggest problem in the future is going to be that of drinking water. With inadequate rains common to many parts of India), the situation has worsened. We should have worked towards solving this problem 10 years ago, but we haven’t done anything. The repercussions will be dire.

Two other challenges that are common to much of semi-urban and rural India are the poor equality of education for the young, and the resulting lack of adequate skills for them to get a good first job which could set up a bright future for India to start reaping its ‘demographic dividend.’ We have school and college buildings but little education. Just like there are bridges but no water flowing beneath.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Osai Chella // Oct 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Yeah, Nice Bridges but no water underneath! Only solution is our farmers must be supported by the urbanites like us! Village Tourism + PermaCulture is the cure!

  • 2 Pranav // Oct 23, 2009 at 8:26 am

    It seems so strange to me. There are so many really,really successful marwaris / folks who hail from rajasthan. After all, they’re one of the biggest business oriented communities in india.

    I’d expect to see some solid giveback to the community / state. if thats not the case, then you should get something like it rolling..

  • 3 g.e. // Oct 25, 2009 at 8:19 am

    >> We have school and college buildings but little education. Just like there are bridges but no water flowing beneath.

    think this is something i am going to remember for the rest of my life.

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