The rural life in India has been steadily changing over the years. With growth in industrialization a lot of the rural population has shifted to urban areas in search of jobs. Due to migration joint families are giving way to the nuclear set up. Education and the modern influence are loosening the hold of blind faith and superstition.
Despite the huge progress made in the past decades, rural areas are still home to some 72 percent of the India’s 1.1 billion people, a large number of whom are poor. Millions of people still face discrimination, abuse and social and economic marginalization. The government of India places high priority on reducing rural poverty, rural development, upliftment of backword classes and women empowerment. However, bold action from policymakers will be required to shift away from the existing situation to build a solid foundation for a highly productive, well-educated, empowered and sustainable rural India.
This book provides a comprehensive picture of the changing face of rural India. It has been prepared keeping in mind that Indian planners and administrators will be greatly helped by this kind of work. This volume will also be useful for students, teacher and practitioners who want to learn about the contemporary status and issues of Indian rural life.