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After graduating from the Azim Premji University with a Masters in Development, my education in the field continues. The classes and faculty have been replaced by the field and colleagues who have spent years working here. Ideas such as poverty and marginalization have concrete dimensions here, the implications of both have become abundantly clear in my mind. Academic debates about cultural and social capital as well as citizenship have assumed new meaning in the work I do with the marginalized and depressed sections of rural central India. The months ahead will be the time to test whether genuine social, economic and political empowerment of these communities can break this destructive equilibrium. To paraphrase a great mind, ‘We live in interesting times’…

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