Introduction

It is a great pleasure to tell about my village “Parsapur ” I went there on July 25, 2008 (Monday). No direct bus went there. I felt very happy when we saw my village people.

Location

My village, “Parsapur,” is situated in Kalaghatagi Taluk of Dharward; it is 25 km away from Hubli! My village is very small but beautiful. The total population of my village is 800 people; it consists of 550 males and 250 females. There is no sociopolitical and cultural discrimination among these village people. They are living here very happily; the accessibility to the nearest growth center is “Hubli-Dharwad.” My village is looking like a growing village.

History

Seventy years back this locality people were affected by malaria and tuberculosis , so everybody migrated from this place. After a few years had passed and the situation became normal, no other diseases were there. Four to six family members were ready to come back here as an experiment, but then also fate was against them. As per one observation some bad evils surrounded this particular locality. They were ready to do some pujas for the goddess, the village people still thinking that because of their dedication to their faith the village was growing. Something very interesting about my village is that when they conducted some pujas for rain, the very next day they got rain. My village people are very religious.

People and Livelihoods

People consist of Brahmins, linguists, scheduled caste and scheduled tribal people. Mainly people are doing agriculture and farming work; they are using locally available resources like plant waste for their farming work. In the summer season these people manufacture bricks. Some people are landlords and own a minimum of 7 to 24 acres of land, while other people are hiring the land or doing work for landlords.

Resources and Life

The village resources consist of land, forest, livestock, ponds, trees and nature beauty. My village is blessed with natural beauty; a lot of small hills are in between the roads. We can see the entire city of Hubli from there, so it is a very good site viewing place. My village consists of 600 acres of land; it is a very small village. There are 130 families staying there, and they have their own livestock, like cow and cocks. The village people are using the resources for their own economic as well as [TMA7] personal use. The village people are very goodhearted people and innocent people. The village people are leading a very natural life; they are fully depending on locally available natural resources. We can see the sharing and concern for others, which is very difficult to see in the city life. I personally felt some relaxation in my village. The village [TMA8] has very good breathing air and pollution-free atmosphere.

Social Relationship and Social Structure

The intra household relationship refers to the relationship between the family members, whereas the intergroup relationship means the relationship between the different caste groups. They have a much-defined relationship among the different caste people. We see a lot of joint families here. Most of the relatives are staying in this village only.

Informal organizations are prevalent in my village, like men’s self-help groups, women self-help groups and youth clubs. Formal organizations include government offices, schools, ration shops and panchayati raji. The informal organizations work very well in my village. Micro financing is one of the informal organizations; it helps the village to save money.

Vulnerabilities

The meaning of the word “vulnerability” is “exposed to damage.” In my village there is no scarcity for food, as they have their own farming places. There is very little migration here, because the people want to do their [TMA9] agriculture work on their own. Almost all the village people are satisfied with their own village life, and they know very well that there is nowhere else in this world where they will get happiness and freedom like this.

Development Situation

The social change agent which catches my attention is “BAIF.” To improve the life of rural people by sustainable development, BIAF activities include dairy cattle management, agroforestry, watershed management, community health and women’s empowerment. In this village the government is not doing anything. When the people talk about any success they are talking about BAIF only, an NGO.

Case Study

A person named “Ningana Guwdaru” has seven acres of land because of BIAF. The village people consider BIAF as their god. Ningana [TMA10] has three sons. These children help with the farming work. BAIF helped this person to do the agriculture work in a conservative manner by using locally available natural resources.

My Observation

Parsapur is a very small and beautiful village. The main occupation of the village people is agriculture and farming. The living style is a very unique one; these people are ready to accept new changes. Change is the mantra for development. My village people are leading a very happy life and are all of a very helpful nature. We do not see any cultural and caste difference here, but we do see a lot of joint family.

One issue which is very close to my heart is the lack of transportation facilities. According to me this is the big challenge they are facing now. Health and hygiene is parallel to the development aspect of a particular locality. Development is nothing but the complete wellbeing of human as well as natural resources.

Opportunities for a development worker

· Awareness campaign for health and hygiene

· Education help the people to choose the livelihood

We can work as a catalyst between Government and people.

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