The Indian Economy Blog

June 26, 2006

Urbanising The Rural Population

Filed under: About Us,Miscellaneous — Amit Varma @ 4:25 am

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.


  1. Creating rural hubs is the only way to manage India’s transformation to a modren economy with a superior quality of life for its citizens. In fact, think about it, creating these hubs with large populations will ensure better ecological managment of the vast hinterland.

    Comment by little Ram — June 26, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

  2. There are many more than has been listed by Brunch. A group of engineers who had settled down in US, made it back and have adopted some of the villages around bangalore. I don’t remember the names of these people. Nothing in big scale, but, worthwhile nevertheless.

    Comment by hobbes — June 27, 2006 @ 8:26 am

  3. It should be pretty obvious that putting pressure on the existing Indian metro cities under their crumbling infrastructure is just not possible.
    With the vast population, it is something that should have been implemented a long time ago.
    But it again comes back to the same question. Isn’t it still far easier to urbanize the already prosperous states?
    I am asking for your expeience and I was not able to go over the website so the question might be misplaced.

    Comment by Keya Rai — June 27, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  4. I am myself returning in couple of years back to India. Wish to be part of a change in a very tiny way.

    Comment by amimu — June 29, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

  5. some links seem to removed from the original sites!!

    Comment by dhanunjay — June 29, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

  6. indian population growth is increasing day by day at a alarming speed.In china there were some strict rules made by govt of china but in india isnt so.

    know more about growing
    population disaters

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    visit jaipur

    Comment by mark — July 14, 2006 @ 10:52 am

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    Comment by best buy mini isa — September 18, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  8. All very well, and full support to all good intentions.
    Practices however, must change, and sooner the better.
    We must push for ‘best practices’, across the board, and ‘benchmarking’. Only then, will real change occur.
    The movement has just begun, and all ‘right-brained’ patriots, must ‘innovate’, in all spheres – we can do it.
    Cheers. JAI HIND

    Comment by tony fernandes — November 26, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

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