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Reality check for wannabe activists,
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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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Initial post: Apr 7, 2007 11:01:40 AM PDT
Satya Shodhak says:
Very good review.
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