Disadvantages And Disadvantages Of Urbanization In India
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"If the village perishes India will perish too. India will be no more India.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
By 2050, more than half of all Indians will live in urban areas, as per United Nation's World Urbanisation Prospects, a big shift from now, when just about one-third of the population does so. This would mean tens of millions migrating from the villages and into towns and cities each year, with profound impacts on every aspect of our life including the social, cultural, political, economic and ecological.
This phenomenon is not new – the mass urbanization and the gradual decline of the rural areas has been repeated, and studied extensively, all over the world over the last century.
For instance 6 million African-Americans moved out of the rural United States and into the cities starting 1910. Over a period of time this decimated the…show more content… Today it is treated only as a source of resources, both human and otherwise, but in doing so, we are slowly losing out on a part of our own identity. And that is perhaps one of the reasons why cities are getting increasingly communised and ghettoised.
Though it is not surprising that there is a lot of content in India of the effects of migration on the city and its citizens, it is surprising that the rural spaces are only being noticed through the other end of the binoculars.
And so, attempts like “Miyar House” (2011) are important. Written and made by film-maker Ramchandra PN, this documentary is his personal story, that covers the dismantling of his ancestral house in a remote village called Miyar (Karnataka, South India). Armed with just a digital camera, he and his friend Ajay Raina document not just the dismantling of the house but of the past itself. They also interview the other owners of the house and gather what the process of change and migration means to all of