Futuregaon 2010: Designing a 21st Century Indian village

Gandhiji had it right, only, being a lawyer, he didn’t have the right strategic language that would make sense in the context of revenue generation or identifying sources of income. The future of India is literally in her villages, all 550 million of them, under the age of 25. Over 65% of live the rural hinterlands of the country and they cannot all migrate to the cities drawn by the glittering flickering images on their second hand black and white TV’s that run in their village shacks by car batteries and jugaad.

And yet, is it fair that they should be left out of the great social and economic revolution that is taking place in India’s urban sprawls?

Given the infrastructural constraints and the lack of time available, with the opposing maximizing pressures of [raise literacy, income,  opportunity, skills] with [wants, needs, consumerism, economic prosperity] because given the environment and the finite geographical resources available, the population constraint is simply immeasurable.

So how do we bring down the transaction cost of every possible service to be delivered to the common man in India, the humble kisan, the aam junta, ‘His’ chosen people?

By using existing techological infrastructure to minimize costs and maximize reach, both in terms of return on investment and social value created.

How best do we bring the best the 21st century has to offer to the villages of India, with the benefits of learning, knowledge and culture in a manner that best fits their needs and yet serves to minimize the effect on the surrounding ecology?

Once we frame the problem correctly, we can begin to envision what I’ve been calling futuregaon, keep the best of the rural life [peace and quiet], while bringing in the best of the urban life [choice and convenience] to their doorstep. It will serve to curb migration, numerous social ills and help with chronic unemployment.

Or so one hopes…

Am I dreaming too hard?

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One Response to Futuregaon 2010: Designing a 21st Century Indian village

  1. sushil_yadav says:

    Niti Bhan,
    For most of its existence on earth the human species has lived in small communities. Large cities have only come up in the last 100 years. Today almost 50% of people are living in cities – and are engaged in Making, Buying and Selling of Consumer Goods. Human activity[Overactivity] has destroyed all ecosystems, made our minds more restless and has increased the magnitude of War/ Violence millions of times.
    In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our Minds and Environment. Please read.
    *The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.*
    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.
    *Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.*
    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
    Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.
    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.
    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.
    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.
    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.
    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.
    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.
    Emotion ends.
    Man becomes machine.
    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.
    Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.
    Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.
    A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.
    A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.
    To read the complete article please follow any of these links :
    http://www.planetsave.com/ps_mambo/option,com_simpleboard/Itemid,75/func,view/id,68/catid,6/
    http://www.freeinfosociety.com/wforum/viewtopic.php?t=3649
    http://www.ephilosopher.com/bb-topic-244.html
    sushil_yadav

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