Regular readers of this blog might be interested in a feature that was recently carried in Brunch, a Hindustan Times supplement, that focussed on NRIs who have returned to India to try and make a difference. IEB contributor Atanu Dey is one of them, and the section on him speaks of the Rural Infrastructure and Services Commons (RISC), Atanu’s passion. What is RISC all about? In the article Atanu is quoted as saying:
Economic development is a cause and consequence of urbanisation. The urbanisation of 700 million people of rural India through migration to the cities is impossible, and so is the urbanisation of 600,000 villages where they live. RISC attempts to urbanise the rural population and do so without the insanity of keeping them confined to tiny villages.
RISC involves the creation of rural hubs across India, each catering to a population of about 100 villages, so that the hub is no more than a “bicycle-commute” away for people in the villages.
You can read more abour RISC on Atanu’s site, over here.
And yes, the pic of Atanu in that article is nifty as well. Like a desi Jean Claude Van Damme, he looks, except that Van Damme fights all kinds of human villains, while Atanu’s mission is to fight poverty itself. Far, far tougher.