Saturday, 1 December 2012

Book Review: Everybody loves a good drought

           Just finished reading 'Everybody loves a good drought' by P. Sainath. It is, undoubtedly, an excellent journalistic work on poverty in India by, what he calls himself, 'A Rural Reporter'. In this book, he brings in stories from some of the poorest districts of India. The book not only takes you to the awful condition of the poor and the tribal India but also goes in its depth and arrives at different issues. To sum it up, he arrives at the doors of land acquisition, rural health, water management, mining et al, of which, almost all are now being termed as a crucial factors to be resolved for an inclusive growth. It also takes a dig at the establishment for acting in haste(after the crisis has occurred) without substance and required knowledge thereby helping the vested interests. Overall it presents the poor, their problems, state's action( if any), curbing of their basic rights and livelihood etc. For those who still wonder what actually happens in rural & tribal India, please go for it!

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