Monday, April 12, 2010

Progress - 77 Fiction

Note:- 77 Fiction infers to fictional writings bounded to a maximum of 77 words.



Progress



Venkatamma with her two kids, after her husband's suicide, has been in 6 painful months of rigorous wandering for survival...

Somehow they managed to get some work on contract basis at a Dam construction as labourers...

Now, they are able to fill their stomachs twice a day as both her kids are also working there, but still they are quite unhappy, wretched and tormented...

The massive dam for which they are working daily, will soon submerge their village...

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Notes :
1. Government's plan is to build 30 large, 135 medium and 3000 small dams to harness the waters of the Narmada and its tributaries, impacting  millions of people living in the river valley. Is it for people's benefit or Contractor's benefit?





22 comments:

pieceofpie said...

it is hard to imagine ones home drowning in progress... repairable repartee

pieceofpie said...

it is hard to imagine ones home drowning in progress... repairable repartee

Chatterbox said...

Wonderful piece of writing Mahesh :D
What a sad dilemma, I can understand the pain dams can bring, seen it first hand :(

Keep up the wonderful work.

Cheers!!

Nethra said...

Ouch! That was the first thing that came into my mind. When something is wrong then everything goes wrong, isn't it? Poor Venkatamma and her family! By the way, that's my grandma's name too. :)

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ pieceofpie...
It is not only jus hard, it is all about injustice and exploitation in the name of development

@ Chatterbox,
Yea, the rehabilitation promises never turn into actions and hence making those victims into wanderers .
Thanks for the appreciation

@ Nethra,
The name is of a woman i came across in a village. Neither the compensation nor the compassion reaches them in time.

BK Chowla, said...

Such is life.

Saurabh Panshikar said...

Sad but true... I've actually seen this happening to people...

But what do we do?

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Chowlaji..
Yea, such is the system..

@ Saurabh...
We need radicalization and a stern shift towards social welfare not only in system but in societal mindset

Roshmi Sinha said...

Very hard-hitting.

We also see this amazing trend these days... where trees are murdered to make way for 'progress'. Lakes/ponds and other water bodies are closed up to make way for apartments... all in the name of 'development'.

geeta said...

Exploitation and sufferings of a common man in the name of development..
Common man is never benefited ...It is sad ...

Mural! said...

yes, ummmmm but still..........what do you suggest? dams are good/bad?

i think, more stress should be laid on the support and relief and relocation services that can be provided......

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Roshmi...
A perfect complementing response to the microcosm of the issue...
Yea, as of now the definition of development thrives upon the loss of millions lives....
I guess the devolution of man has already started when we had plunged into the industrial revolution mindlessly and the happening addiction to consumerism is the indication of it...

@ Geeta...
It is like taking from some hands and giving it to others hands and we call it prosperity...and also the jaws of globalization do add fuel to the fire with the help of corporates....

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Murali...
I do agree with you...
You are correct in mentioning about the relocation and rehabilitation ... But we never take the sociological, physiological, geographical, environmental and psychological factors into consideration that thrust upon these victims ....
Rehabilitation talks of many feel good factors on papers and reports, but when it comes to implementation it takes decades to deliver the promised peanuts. Rehabilitation hardly considers the mitigating factors of mass migrations.

I would like to opine that the victims should be given top priority among the benefits of the projects .

When a farmer loses his land, currency is not the right compensation. He deserves a land with the soil quality, same irrigation facilities and water resources with which his original land was cultivated. There will be
obvious difference between the land in a river basin and the land in semiarid region. The govt sheds its role by filling the data in statistics tables and pockets of contractors.

Ex : Victims of Nagarjuna sagar Dam in AP are yet to get the compensation even after decades have passed.

Thanks a lot for raising the relevant and valid point

Roshmi Sinha said...

Knock! Knock!

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Roshmi...

Present ma'm..... :) :) :)
Yep, what can this dumbo do for you ma'am ??? :) :) :)

Roshmi Sinha said...

Put on your 'thinking cap'. One week... and no new post...

geeta said...

Is anybody home....
One week and no food for thought from your side....

- The Virgin Author! said...

Sad. But, true! People are already stupid to understand what have they done to this planet!

Selfishness. Selfishness. That is what is left! :|

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Roshmi...
@ Geeta...

The blogger you are trying to communicate is currently on Eifel tower due to some mountainous complements from our wonderful readers/writers/bloggers namely Roshmi and Geeta.... The much overrated Mahesh will be posting today some crap, hopefully.

* We cannot assure you when he will come down from Eifel towers.

Note : Writing such heavy worded complements is quite dangerous for dumbos like Mahesh :) :) :) :)

Thank you buddddddiiiieeesssss :) :)

Mehak said...

a touching story, very well written..

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@Mehak,
Thanks buddy :)

Vinz said...

Touching...
Cruel is this world..

Vinz