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L a u g h i n g A g a i n - I n d i a A B H I J I T N A N D I ( I N D I A )

C h i l d r e n p l a y i n a v i l l a g e j u s t 3 0 k m f r o m K o l k a t a ( C a l c u t t a ) . W h i l e t h e r e i s n o e l e c t r i c i t y a n d t h e w a t e r s c a r c i t y i s a r e g u l a r p r o b l e m , t h i s i s a p p a r e n t l y n o b a r r i e r t o h a v i n g a g o o d t i m e . I n t h e 1 9 3 0 s G a n d h i a r g u e d t h a t t h e t r u e I n d i a i s t o b e f o u n d n o t i n i t s f e w c i t i e s , b u t i n i t s s e v e n h u n d r e d t h o u s a n d v i l l a g e s . I f t h e v i l l a g e s p e r i s h , I n d i a w i l l p e r i s h t o o . " W i t h a m a j o r i t y o f i t s o v e r 1 b i l l i o n c i t i z e n s s t i l l i v i n g i n s m a l l v i l l a g e s , r u r a l l i f e r e m a i n s c e n t r a l t o I n d i a ' i d e n t i t y . A c c o r d i n g t o t h e 2 0 0 1 I n d i a n c e n s u s , 7 4 % o f I n d i a n s s t i l l l i v e i n 6 3 8 , 3 6 5 d i f f e r e n t v i l l a g e s .

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