India is a country comprising a diverse mix of villages and cities. Then comes even further division within the cities, like the metropolitan cities, cities, small towns and many more. Our villages too have been classified based on the sociological dividends such as the linear village, dispersed village, mixed village, migratory village, villages based on permanent agriculture or the semi-permanent kind. Let us end this patronizing introduction and look at our villages and towns from close quarters.

As a matter of fact, this piece doesn’t cling on to the clichéd descriptions. Such as the lush greenery of the villages or the plush lifestyle of the cities. Admit it, not every village is that plush green and not everyone in the city is enjoying a plush lifestyle. It is always grey. But there is quite a contrast in the lives of those residing in rural India to those residing in urban India. So let’s look at things from a practical perspective.

There are more than six and a half lakh villages and almost 70% of India’s population resides in those villages. Yet after almost 72 years post independence, those villages witnessed electricity. 100% electrification! Lol! The governments aren’t that great to grant electricity to all our villages so easily. As per the government norms of electrification, a village is said to be electrified if 10% of the village has access to electricity. This cunning law was introduced by the Congress party and this loophole was effectively used by the BJP to play to the gallery. Hence the bombarding advertisements of 100% electrification are definitely not what it means. And cities have 100% electrification, but how many of us are finding it hard to keep up with the prices.

Whenever there is an election around the corner, politicians suddenly wake up from their slumber. They do all sorts of stuff to play to the gallery and a little is emphasized on actual developmental work. Almost every politician talks about farmers and the informal sector, but in the initial four years of governance, hardly anything substantial takes place. Urban people don’t much enjoy the perks of electricity or the pseudo development we are in. Our lives will be done filing taxes for potholes, funding big time corporate scams, in totality paying a heavy price for enjoying the so
called perks of development.

While over a thousand people commit suicide in the rural part of India, more than a lakh die in road accidents in urban India. While rural India cries for the lack of resources, urban India cries for not getting to afford those very resources. But all of India irrespective of rural and urban are looking forward to seeing a better education system. Not the present one which is no less than a corporate entity with a motto of making money. But that’s not the government’s priority. Campaigning and winning elections is their primary priority.

Health is another major issue faced by us. The National health protection scheme is being employed whose fruits are yet to reach common people. But the present statistics aren’t quite great. Irrespective of rural or urban, lives are lives and they should matter to us. A Times of India report suggests that around 5.2 million people died in 2016 alone due to medical negligence. The recent incident in Gorakhpur hospital where children died due to lack of oxygen cylinders portrays the plight of our people. Rural people are still dreaming of a multi-specialty hospital while people die due to lack of hospitals in a state chief minister’s own constituency! Hope is such a positive word in this part of the world.
The dress and address of the one living in a city are poles apart to that of a person living in a village.

Many of us think and are convinced enough that the mindsets of the people are different in the urban and rural parts. Both of them don’t think alike. However, both of them are addressed by the same motor-mouthed politician. The irony, however, is that both these people are prone to the same level of gullibility by that very politician. Villagers often have this fixation that city life would be much better and they could have a cozy lifestyle, better education for their kids, so on and so forth. But it’s almost similar to jumping off the pan only to dive into the fire of the stove. Be ready for the receipt along with a delusional deceit.

To sum it up in simpler terms Indian villages are in anarchy, whereas Indian cities run on hierarchy. There is rampant caste in the rural part of India, while there is class prejudice in the urban part of it. Not that caste doesn’t prevail in urban India, it’s just that caste is too subtle in urban India. Between this anarchy and hierarchy, democracy adjusts itself somewhere!