The Women of Bunker
· The University opened in India of the poor and for the poor ·
Tilonia, a sleepy and forgotten
little village in the
Millions of farmers in rural India live in a state of fear and insecurity, suffering daily injustices and living well below the official poverty line, yet they are perfectly capable of thinking collectively about their lives in a more practical and relevant way than any expert from the city. The government does not seem to realize that the farmers have centuries of tradition and that, the billions spent on support and years of consultancy by experts have failed to alleviate poverty even minimally. Billions of dollars have been spent over the last 50 years by governments, international agencies and donors in order to try to resolve the problem of unemployment with no results.
The first objective was to
restore confidence to the inhabitants of the countryside, encouraging them to
discover their valuable resources, helping them to rely on their deep-rooted
experience in order to find ways to remain in their villages instead of
migrating to the large cities. In the forty years of its existence, the
Aruna Roy, Bunker’s wife, who
was later to become a well-known political activist in
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