India lives in her villages. If the village perishes, India will perish too, her mission to humanity lost. Panchla Siddha is a tiny village in Nagaur district of Rajasthan with agriculture as the mainstay of its economy. Life is simple, in tune with nature, with an age-old culture hidden under a crust of dust and rustic lifestyle.
Values in the Village
The village’s culture is markedly different from the city, because it is governed by cherished values and perennial ideals such as:
At first glance a villager may seem innocent or naive, but his approach is simply free and spontaneous. His expressions are not choked by the trappings of the intellect and calculations of time. While city dwellers seem constantly to seek new and improved material life, the villager perceives life as a wondrous gift, and is nourished by the spirit of contentment and gratefulness.
Visitors will notice that communication and interaction between villagers is an exercise of gesticulation, touching, and some theatre. No matter where the eye roams, there are examples of debate and discussion but all with a non-violent focus of inclusion and openness for everyone – men, women and children alike are expected to be present and offer what they can.
A penny saved is penny earned. Villagers adjust to scarce resources, and spend frugally. Luxurious self-indulgence and the consumptive attitude cannot survive in the village where the needs of the community take precedence over individual ambitions. To meet larger causes, smaller comforts may be postponed or sacrificed. Individuals co-exist, are perpetually interdependent with each other and nature…and the community thrives.