Rural life loses sheen with urbanisationa and globalisation

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Kolkata, Sep 16 (UNI) Urbanisation and globalisation has hit hard the rural life in India, three winners of The Statesman Rural Reporting Awards 2006 have demonstrated in their articles.

The first position was held by P K Prakash of 'Madhyamam', a Malayalam daily, for his articles - 'Caste of land' and 'Gambles of the market'. 'The first' is a series of reports dealing with the impact of land reforms in rural Kerala, and is aimed at examining the status of land distribution in the state and its impact on the people.

'Gambles of the market' throws light on the issue of globalisation and its impact on the rural economy. In this series of reports, Prakash describes wha the terms the 'eccentric' face of the global market.

Sikandar Pareek of the Hindi daily Rajasthan Patrika, who was conferred the second prize in rural reporting for his article 'Dusting Country Roads' - - an elaborate reportage on nfrastructural deficiencies in rural Rajasthan.

In his article, he depicts how his home town Sikar has seen its water supply and proper medical attention to the town's residents had y the rapid urbanisation.

Mr Pankaj Jaiswal was awarded the third prize for his article ''Hungry in Bundelkhand'', published in the Lucknow edition of Hindustan Times. The article, a vivid description of the impact of successive droughts in the region Capturing, the hard facts of hunger in this remote corner of the country.

'' For villagers in this region, there is no respite from the shower of grief - even on Diwali. The only 'diya' that flickered outside a thatched hut signalled no celebration; but instead announced the demise of someone who set himself on fire to escape from his misery.

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