Spreading innovative technology in rural areas: Internet comes to Kakrana – Madhya Pradesh

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Photo courtesy Shri Ninga Solanki, Headmaster of the Kakrana school using the community internet facility installed by Arjun Venkatraman (http://hackergram.org)

Report and photographs by courtesy Rahul Banerjee (Indore), Friday, August 5, 2016 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >>

The name Anaarkali in the present context has many meanings – Anaar symbolises the anarchism of the Bhils and kali which means flower bud in Hindi stands for their traditional environmentalism. Anaar in Hindi can also mean the fruit pomegranate which is said to be a panacea for many ills as in the Hindi idiom – “Ek anar sou bimar – One pomegranate for a hundred ill people”! – which describes a situation in which there is only one remedy available for giving to a hundred ill people and so the problem is who to give it to. Thus this name indicates that anarcho-environmentalism is the only cure for the many diseases of modern development! […]

For the past one and a half years or so we had been trying to get the internet to the Rani Kajal Jeevanshala (RKJ) school in Kakrana on the banks of the River Narmada in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh without much success. Here is the detailed story of how we have now finally succeeded which tells a lot about what is wrong with this country!! Let alone being connected with optic fibre, Kakrana does not have wireless connectivity also. The nearest mobile telephony tower is at a distance of 7 kms over hill and down dale. […]

Source: Anaarkali – The saga of Bhil Adivasi Indigenous People: Internet comes to Kakrana
Address: http://anar-kali.blogspot.nl/2016/08/internet-comes-to-kakrana.html
Date Visited: Sat Aug 06 2016 14:15:34 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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