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Fighting to be fit!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on October 31, 2011

One of my friend sent same video to few people. He received some reply from some of them, which I am quoting below.

Music is good and bahut boring hai. kya kya dalte ho, pagal ho gaye kya?

To begin, I must say that to understand this particular video, “you don’t need to have an intellectual brain or any academic qualification, but you definitely need to have a heart to hold close to your brain!” He replies, “aur yehan pe bahut logo ke paas ye nahi hai, isliye sirf video se kuch nahi hoga, unko kuch samjhana bhi padta hai, usko realize karana bhi padata hai”, so he insisted me to write something instead of putting video only. Yea, indeed, he is right! As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts that, “one can be literate but not educated or one can be educated though not literate!

Well, coming to the video. The video is naturally expressed by saying something like “Fighting to be fit”, is just opposite of Darwin’s theory “survival of the fittest”, which is fatally flawed. This video of tribal people leaves unforgettable marks on me. I am so disappointed. Taking one long breath, I began to realize that “it is not development but it is destruction” and things are just different now. It is a feeling of being scared and with a bit of sorrow mixed in.  My true self comes out and it makes me feel a bit nervous. I feel fortunate at the same time that I have grown up in a rural area, therefore, I am able to realize their pain.

However, I admit that I don’t understand many things. What I see around me and what kind of way I live in comparison with them, is totally different. Not only that, I see, how they live, how poor they live, how much pain they have, but all staying together, they still smile, they still love, they are still happy, and they don’t want to leave such beautiful place, they still want to save our root, our village.

No – what bothers me instead is that, they are always systematically crushed for their courage and honesty. I can’t help but think that the more one stresses over ‘knowing’ what ‘situation‘ is, that obviously makes me uncomfortable. I feel, our lives are so different right now and will continue to be on different ways indefinitely. You can’t just target growth. A lot of people are losing homes and I think they have an agenda, they want to make us listen to them.

Now that’s tough! I understand, an elite group often find it difficult to understand. (You are in your branded T-shirt with vodka and bisleri bottles! and you are listening a rock star Bryan Adams, that’s Heavens!?)🙂 Yet, such people are none lesser than an angrej, who used to think about Indian in same way like a literate ‘shahari babu’ who love materialistic world which is not having life, using people and nature which has life and thinks about villagers “a village of muddy uneducated uncivilized people who need to be educated!”.

Truth be told, I sometimes feel, I am ‘a product of globalization’. Don’t you think so? I am not against globalization. Neither I am saying that the whole mess is from globalization, nor I am out of it. It’s not that we can stop it but it’s like we have to go hand in hand together. I know well that it is not stoppable. It’s like fighting against wind so we have to accept it but not to extreme extent. Moreover, these days, due to global warming, climate changing rapidly and the graph of agriculture productivity has gone downwards. They are facing the problem with rain waterfall. Who cares?

I have heard from people saying, “gaon ke log hote hi aise hain“. They grow up playing in mud with friends, frogs, and cow, and connected to harmony in nature. Is that strange? Or, they don’t bother about mosquitoes? Is that weird? I would say, they are hundred time much better than such elite people who think “gaon ke log ganwar hote hain” and there is nothing ‘pagalpan’ in this video. The unacknowledged villagers are greater than great. Please, don’t ever try to “underestimate the power” of our sensible villagers!

Their demands are very less but we never see them. We never realize how they travel from a playground to a school. You know…Village is like our backbone and how could one stand without it? If someone thinks that ignoring the backbone, one can reach to the other planet or achieve anything he/she wants….then please go ahead, you may go to second or third planet…but let us not make this planet spineless. This is the only good planet we know of, so let’s not ruin it in our lifetime, please!

समर शेष है, नहीं पाप का भागी केवल व्याध,
जो तटस्थ हैं, समय लिखेगा उनके भी अपराध!
~रामधारी सिंह दिनकर

Thank you Shanta for sending this video.


17 Responses to “Fighting to be fit!”

  1. satish said

    something that happened in background behind this blog was like this ……. normally whenever i sit to write blog, i scribble down everything at maximum of two days span. but over here rewa ji took lot of struggle to convey us very delicate matter. to be precise she took almost 9 days of struggle to collect the data to put into words, giving words to your feels do take lot of time. oct 22nd to 30th 🙂 , there were hell lot of efforts revisions behind this blog. so it do need lot of thinking and lot attention of us. I dont know how best you take it i am sure it will make you realise yourself that you are in banglore/any other metro after spending lot of life in village. you all have your own memories and you will get to know what you have lost in the run of survival/success.

    thanks rewaji 🙂

  2. dopamit said

    bahut sunder………………aapka word ka tarasna mujhay bahut pasand aata hai…………………….keep it up

  3. mehhekk said

    well yet i hv to see the vidoe and read the post to comment,in hurry but will read later,till then i luv u my dear rews,and things u keep exploring on ur blog to.

  4. Ranjeeta said

    {You don’t need to have an intellectual brain or any academic qualification, but you definitely need to have a heart to hold close to your brain!}

    Hi Rewa

    Wonderful article, an eye opener!! There are villagers for whom it is difficult to get one full meal a day.
    I am a simple village girl. We come across these situations almost everyday. People have to use some sense of judgment when they say ‘pagal ho gaye kya?’.

    Thanks a lot.

  5. Nidhi said

    “you don’t need to have an intellectual brain or any academic qualification, but you definitely need to have a heart to hold close to your brain!”

    well said!!!!
    let me watch d video nw.ndwill cmnt again aftr seeing dis.

  6. taru said

    thank u so much di to remind us the
    value of our backbone sometime we metro ppl forget this fact…
    so many time i saw how some ppl underestimate the emotion n feelings of innocent n sensible villagers. :(:(

    • @Tarun,

      As we are youths, wherever we go, we must not forget the fact. Hmmm…don’t worry, I will keep reminding you. So, don’t forget me too. 🙂

      Thank you so much for your comment.


  7. Amit Kumar said

    This comment is for the person who says “Music is good and bahut boring hai. kya kya dalte ho, pagal ho gaye kya?”. Because of people like you, India has pushed itself into a backhole and become the worst country in the world.

    Author talks some points which is the real concern about India. The village people are a very simple people. They don’t have a trick.

  8. Its always difficult for me to write comments on your blog because What i am concerned about is whether my words would really match your post. Good job, well written are quite common. Anyhow amazing article thats all I can say 🙂

  9. Firstly I would like to thank Rewa didi for this Beautiful article. This is the best use of blog to aware people about the ground reality. People get naturally attracted towards better life and there are numerous writers to depict city life and life of billionaires. But there are only a few who wrote and are writing about the problems of rural poor and dare to become the voice of voiceless.

    Secondly, those who care their country and can feel the emotion of being Indian, should have sympathetic for the poor, if they can not change their state of being.

    I have been part of developing and bringing these rural poor by providing shelter, culture and education through sewa kunj ashram under the banner of Sewa Samarpan Sansthan. What I have personally observed that, if we could plan well and keep meeting these people.

    Nice article didi, keep writing.

  10. Md. karim said

    I really value your piece of work, Great and well thought out post.

  11. Roushani said

    Nowhere in the world that all the evils and problems are present in the country like india. This is a good article and highlights some of the many issues that need to be addressed in India.

  12. balram88 said

    Did Really aap bahut achha likhati hein and share karati hein,,,I missed my village so badly after so many days!!!

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