Category Archives: Rural Village Life

Vasanta Ritu, Spring in my Step

The Indian Spring – Basant Ritu – is upon us from the 23rd of March, and the flowers are in full bloom. Another winter – Shishir Ritu –  has been wistfully bid adieu as we gird up for the onslaught of heat – … Continue reading

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Backward in Muzaffarnagar

A visit to the heart of the recent communal conflict in Muzaffarnagar confirmed two truths – that the rural, peasant Jat is polarized along religious lines; and that he is rudderless on how to progress in the 21st Century. The … Continue reading

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Shri Bhupinder Hooda and Mr. Larry Bossidy

Judging by the full-page advertisements released by the Congress government on 1 January 2014, Haryana’s population is in a state of bliss with free medical care and medicines, cattle loans, loan interest waivers, crop insurance and what have you. The … Continue reading

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Bullocks !

These two 2 years young bullocks of the Hariana desi breed cost us Rs 14,000 with a wooden plough thrown in. Purchased from a local Gujjar farmer in the Mangar hills, they are hardy and well suited to our environment. Shamsher and … Continue reading

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We are All complicit: The Muzaffarnagar Riots of September 2013

My heart was seared by the words and images of communal violence in rural Muzaffarnagar in September 2013, and a part of me died when I heard and lived the stories of horrific destruction and the unbelievable and mindless cruelty … Continue reading

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