In 1964, V.S. Naipaul wrote about India as an area of darkness. Visiting Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh recently, I found a part of India which remains an area of darkness amidst the growing illumination over most of India. The Aga Khan Foundation has piloted a limited programme to tackle it.
In its pilot project in selected villages, the Aga Khan Foundation has attended to these wandering children and taught them hygiene, basic writing and drawing skills and good manners. Farmers have been taught agricultural practices that substantially raise yields and limit or eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers. Training in basic goat diseases for local girls has improved goat health and created additional incomes.
The community divide between Hindus and Muslims has also disappeared with everyone realizing the need for cooperative discussion, decision and effort. Muslims and Hindus, men and women sat together and discussed their problems.
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