Thursday, August 14, 2008

Yavatmal Farmers are Forced to Borrow for Their Child's Education

The dream of a developed and changed India in 2020 has done no good, but has definitely shattered the lives of thousands of mortals residing in the rural India. May it be the hapless farmers or the ill-fated labourers; everyone has to bear the brunt of this so called change. The policies framed by the Govt on the name of development are nothing but a bunch of frivolous papers, leading onto nothing. And the nuance of this sheer 'development' is apparent in the education of the rural masses of our country, Yavatmal, a poor district, being no exception.

The whole deceit is evident from the incident in Yavatmal. This year, the students who appeared for their class 10th exams were all promoted to class 11th, or to be more precise were made to pass. The whole issue got messed up when the students found it difficult to get themselves admission in colleges. The reason being an acute shortage of colleges in Yavatmal. And a district sans college resulted into no admissions or a high admission fee. Like for an instance, Santaji College in Yavatmal, considered the most mediocre college of that area, demanded 20,000 for admission to class 11th. And interestingly, the college is a 2 room building with just 5 teachers in the faculty. What a pity.

In Yavatmal, a majority of children seeking admissions belong to a poor agricultural background, with farming and labour as the only source of livelihood. And this has only added to the worries as they are finding it very difficult to get admissions. And admission in a college would definitely mean a heavy loan which would add dearth to their already poor homes.

However, owing to this critical lack of colleges, opening colleges too is a big pain. The license to open a college costs some crores and the ones already existing are owned by the minister class. To make the matter even worse, if a student wishes to take a loan, the source of money other than the banks is also the minister class. And ironically ministers are the ones who sugarcoat themselves and are the first ones to cry when a farmer dies.

Now the big question arises that who will bring an end to all these untold atrocities? Who’ll be the saviour? Will it be the esteemed UN or the World Bank, or the members of American Senate who recently paid a courtesy visit to Yavatmal and showed their concern for the inhabitants? The local people say that the ‘whites’ have only two things to question. One, who works after the death of the farmer in the family ? And two, what techniques are employed in farming?

"Women are very brave" the whites say, when they see women farming. Satirical it is to note that this comment is addressed to none other than those miserable widows. Rahul’s Kalawati being one of them.

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