Friday, August 18, 2006

Hansdehar - the first Indian village to upload itself

I read about Hansdehar in a weblog a few days ago. But I lost track of whose weblog it was. A few minute ago while I was visiting the Reuters website I read about it again. Hansdehar is a village in Haryana and it is the first Indian village which has uploaded itself onto the internet. For a village which is not yet connected to the internet this is a major step.

According to Adnan Abidi of Reuters:
"Hansdehar village has uploaded itself onto the Internet, giving the outside world a glimpse of life in rural India. Visitors to Hansdehar village's Web site ( can see the names, jobs and other details of its 1,753 residents, browse photographs of their shops and read detailed specifications of their drainage and electricity facilities."

The middle aged, the women and the elderly would like their village's presence on the net to bring more prosperity. The young want the net to give them more opportunities to try their luck in the cities and abroad. It will be interesting to see how the internet helps this village to change.

Read more about it here.


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