Youth Inc.

Straight from the hinterland

Young voices from rural India say education is a luxury and the internet — what's that?

Published 9 years ago on Jul 07, 2012 6 minutes Read
Soumik Kar

Facebook?” wonders Kiran Sharma, an 18-year-old from Manothadi village in Alwar, Rajasthan. “I think I have heard this word in some Hindi film song…” In the village school building, other young people are equally curious to get an answer. The description interests them but they don’t appear convinced that a virtual network can supplant a real one — after all, their village is a social network in itself.