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Who taught them compassion even amid adversity?

DNAHM77373 | 11/16/2014 | Author : Gagan Sethi | WC :608 | Opinion & Viewpoint

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One of the early laws on rural livelihood, based on land and labour, was regarding cooperatives of schedule caste being given priority over all others in the allocation of government wasteland. Today, a similar status and privilege is accorded to the likes of Adanis and Ambanis. Under the present scheme of things, they “need” land more than the rural landless in the name of ambitious projects.
Back in 1978, it took us a year to get 90 acres of saline land on yearly lease off the Gulf of Khambhat. It was jointly given to 60 dalit Vankar families, who registered themselves as cooperative in a village called Vadgam. Since no food crop would grow there, we saw the possibility of growing prosopis juliflora, better known in Gujarat as ga
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