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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality check for wannabe activists
This is an important book for anyone who thinks 'educating people' is a magic wand that will somehow wipe away poverty and other evils in the third-world. It is unbelievable how many barriers exist in India even for someone who wants to provide unselfish help. This book is a reality check for those who, by watching some sappy movies, think that things can be changed...
Published on February 8, 2006 by Raghuveer

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1.0 out of 5 stars Book on India
Missionary friend suggested that I read this book (he is serving in India). I could not get past the first chapter and found it a hard read. I read a lot but I'll never finish this book.
Published on January 18, 2011 by Ed Barker


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality check for wannabe activists, February 8, 2006
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This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
This is an important book for anyone who thinks 'educating people' is a magic wand that will somehow wipe away poverty and other evils in the third-world. It is unbelievable how many barriers exist in India even for someone who wants to provide unselfish help. This book is a reality check for those who, by watching some sappy movies, think that things can be changed easily by mouthing platitudes and by making token donations to NGOs.

How readable is the book? It reads very well when the author talks about his personal experiences in detail. His difficulties while he went about setting up his school are a real eye-opener to how things really are. But the chapters become cliched when he starts generalizing; you feels like you have heard similar talk before and probably have.

But George Abraham is sincere and has done what many of us think we should do. For that alone, he deserves a lot of praise and support.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as we saw it when we visited!!, May 18, 2005
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This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
India is an interesting place, and a land of extremes. Nestled among the large cities and prosperous transformation is an entire culture of have nots. This book tells of the have nots in a moving, unedited fashion. A very sad depiction of real life in modern India but one that is filled with hope. I must admit, sometimes it was a tough read, but never boring. It is just that it is such a true and sad state of affairs. It talks a lot of corruption and inefficiences in the system. It talks about the ways people are discriminated against in the "world's largest democracy," but most of all it talks about giving people hope. It talks about what someone is willing to do to give people a credible, sustainable future. It is great to see someone who has worked hard and earned his money now putting that money to work to give hope to others. A truly moving story and well worth the read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Global Analysis, March 24, 2005
This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
With an understanding of globalization and public policy, the author dissects the problem of rural poverty in India and advances bold new ideas on how to improve the situation. Illustrated by his own extraordinary personal experience in south-central India, the author provides lessons which cross national boundaries for those who want to make a difference in the lives of the world's poorest citizens. The problem is deep-seated and the obstacles to improvement are many, but one finds hope in the book through the improvements one committed man has made in the lives of a small portion of India's rural poor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars India Untouched: Vision for a Global Family, March 2, 2005
This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
Recently, Dr Abraham George, author of India Untouched was honored at a function in Chicago. Mr. P S Nair, introduced Dr George with words along these lines-

Five thousand years ago, India came up with the idea of vasudeivakudumbakam (the whole world is one family). For Dr. George, the whole world is one family- the global family.

While reading the book, one finds out how aptly the description Mr. Nair gave fits its author. It covers the experiences of a person trying to provide equal opportunities to people in the lowest ladder of society and

the mechanisms he has set up to accomplish the objective.

Dr George was in the forefront of the IT revolution which brought about the reality of global village.

It is in a way a strange coincidence that Dr George chose Dharmapuri near Bangalore for his model for global family. Multinational corporations in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of the East, go after the best coming out of India's schools. George Foundation founded by Dr George also goes after the best but with a difference. The Foundation is after the most deprived children of Dharmapuri. These are kids who `had never used toilets, slept in beds, sat in a chair, worn footwear, eaten a square meal in a day, or played with toys". They are given access to the same technologies as the children of the rich and are getting a world class education.

Dr George has come with an innovative workable model in social sciences, which is transportable anywhere in the world where there is poverty and despair.

The book should be a required reading for global studies in high schools, social/political sciences in colleges and policy making bodies in national/international organizations.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Successful Experiment in Alleviating Poverty, March 22, 2005
This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
India Untouched shows what a determined individual can accomplish to alleviate the suffering of the poor. The author had his undergraduate education in India and was an artillery officer in Indian army. He comes to the States, gets a Ph.D. in Business from New York University and starts a company to help multinationals to manage their foreign currencies. He is successful in his business. Now he decides to sell his business and goes to India to do some thing for the poor. He selects for his operation one of the poorest areas in whole of India where caste and class have combined to make life of the poor unbearable. A residential school is started and four year olds from the poorest are selected. The author makes use of his business acumen to get a highly motivated staff to give these kids a high quality education.

Once you get involved with kids, you come face to face with the problems facing the rural folk. There is practically no good health care in the rural areas. The author successfully installs a computer based "Early Detection and Prevention System" in the primary Health Center run by the government which has now become a model for other centers to provide better health care at minimal cost.

The author then starts a banana plantation to give jobs to the poor women to raise their status in society. Each of the women working in the plantation will get half an acre if she puts part of her wages in a deposit scheme. With ownership of productive land the woman will have her place in society.

The author tells what has to be done to raise the standard of the poor and has shown that it can be done.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Look At India., February 9, 2005
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This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to read a great number of books on India and while they've all been informative, few of them have given the sort of insight, the insider's look upon the nation, especially the rural poor, that "India Untouched" gives. Dr. George provides a first-hand account of some of the most pressing problems today in India, from women's rights to the environmental concerns, that can only be gained from his long years in the field. Complex enough to engage the mind, while being simple enough for the layman, it is a book that awakens the soul, open the eyes and leaves one most certainly touched by the humanity of the subject. What is striking about this work, in comparison to other pieces of literature in the subject is that Dr. George offers real solutions, practical options, that can be implemented in the current atmosphere. This book is about a crisis and solutions. I would also recommend P. Sainath's "Everybody Loves A Good Drought" as a companion piece to this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A manifesto to work against cruelty, disease, and illiteracy, March 8, 2005
This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
Ably and informatively written by Abraham M. George (a businessman who has undertaken numerous humanitarian projects in South India), India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty assesses how economic liberalization measures have left much of rural India behind, particularly those belonging to the lowest caste, called "untouchables". Chapters address the reasons behind this disparity, promises for hope, global perspectives, and offer solutions to more equitably bring improved quality of life to all of India's people. A manifesto to work against cruelty, disease, and illiteracy, India Untouched is a cutting-edge political and social analysis of far-reaching problems in dire need of solutions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Rural Poverty, March 22, 2005
This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
This is a compelling book. Rural poverty is perhaps the last bastion of underdevelopment. This defines the problem and its deminsions in India and casts light on the unholy burden on women and children.

This is a micro focus, and does not deal with aggregate growth factors such as capital accumulation, technology, and human resources. This book goes to the root causes and shows the scale of the problem in rural India. Only one major factor is external; the weather and monsoon; the rest are human and social. Examined in detail is the pervasive influence and its negative influence on economic activity and well being. It also analyses secual discrimination, indeed exploitation, as a major source of rural poverty for women and children. Related is the low level of literacy and education again constratined by the religion and gender bottlenecks. And the caste system perpetuates these negative factors, as it erodes very slowly. And the ever present corruption, at all levels and in all directions is a very major cause of the poverty trap.

But solutions exist. Indeed, the author has pursued several social and economic experiments, relating to education, agriculture, and health. These are all micro projects sponsored by the author's foundation.

The message may be unconfortable for many, but it is honest and dispassionate. It forces the reader to admit the problems; then perhaps they can be sensibly attacked.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful perspective, April 25, 2005
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This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
I was looking for a book with real perspective and insight. This one has permanently changed my understanding of the problems facing so many people on our planet. I believe what makes it so interesting is that the author, Dr George, is in an absolutely unique position to deliver the material in this book. He is a successful US businessman, born in India, trained in Economics, now striving to make a difference in the lives of people in total poverty. I just don't think that combination of experience comes along very often.

For me, this book brings home the 'situation' of people born at the lowest social level in India from first hand experience like nothing I've read, and it looks at possible solutions at many different levels. These are stories about real people trapped in a centuries old cycle of poverty.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an eye-opening piece of work, March 2, 2005
This review is from: India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty (Hardcover)
Not only was I surprised by the staggering rate of poverty in India today, but I was also astonished by how unnoticed this epidemic is. Reading Dr. George's book was such an eye-opening experience. It is so wonderful to know that there are individuals like Dr. George who really dedicate themselves to working at erradicating poverty in places where poverty is so prevalent. Dr. George is definitely working for a greater good. I encourage all of you to read this book. I really believe that Dr. George's novel is a pivotal work that not only promotes change in India but also promotes a cultural awareness and social reform that can be applied to a variety of societies that suffer from poverty as well.
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