We have been preparing for something big here at thisvillage. Something you are not going to want to miss.
thisvillage is hosting our first ever Indian Dinner Event!!
Get ready for an evening of chai, henna, and (of course) delicious, authentic Indian food.
Why are we doing this?
In the state of Telangana, where most people are farmers, almost 90% of households are in debt. Debt is one of the biggest reasons that farmers commit suicide. Currently, Bandanpally is home to 42 widows as a result of farmer suicide. Thought of as cursed, these widows are punished and ostracized by society for no other reason than the death of their husbands.
We want to take this time to focus on the needs of these widows; most of them do not have any source of income. (Read more about all our projects in Bandanpally at http://thisvillage.org/about/)
When and where is the event happening?
On March 26th from 5:30 – 9:30, at the Hub, located at 71 Bank street Ottawa on the 6th floor, Take a peek at our venue here!
P.S (Parking on the Bank street is free after 5:30, or take your pick of lots near by. http://en.parkopedia.ca/parking/71_bank_street/)
You don’t want to miss this event!
In early June, the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh split in two. The new state – Telangana – broke away because of the region’s long-standing dissatisfaction with the Andhra Pradesh government. For years, separation protests broke out because residents have felt neglected. The state remains one of India’s most underdeveloped, but there is hope that the new independence will help reduce some of the poverty that plague’s the region.
The village that thisvillage is working with, Bandanpally, is in Telangana.
The new state of Telangana
Some quick information:
- The state is India’s 29th.
- Telangana has a population comparable to Canada – approximately 35 million – in an area the size of Arizona.
- Most people speak Telugu.
- The state is one of India’s poorest.
- There campaign for Telangana’s separate status has been going on for 50 years.
- A massive revolt took place in the region in 1969, where 400 people died in a government crackdown.
- The movement for separate status has been fueled largely by the region’s underdevelopment. Locals felt as the though the allocation of Andhra Pradesh’s resources, including water, education funding, jobs, etc., were not fairly distributed to the Telangan region.
- Hyderabad will remain the joint capital of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for the next 10 years. Following that time, it is expected that Telangana will develop a new capital.
So what does this all mean? In short, it’s hard to say. The Telangana government will now get to distribute all of its resources as equitably as it wants; however, there is not that much to distribute. The state is very poor and the government will struggle to meet the demands of the many poor and hopeful residents. In the long-term, however, Telangana will no longer lose some of its resources and funding to the wealthier Andhra Pradesh. The new state is, at the very least, a big win for democracy, as residents of Telangana will have a much greater voice in the direction of their government.
thisvillage will continue to do what we can to help the village of Bandanpally. When we visited the region, we saw firsthand the poverty, but also the potential. Every donation will help provide Bandanpally with water, toilets, literacy training, and other needs.
— Graeme Esau