I happened to visit Jhilai village in Niwai Tehsil of Tonk district in Rajasthan twice in connection of a project that aims to improve learning outcomes of girls in grade X board examination. The village lacks quality education and girls' performance in science, mathematics and English for the last few years had been dismal.
Jhilai village is also a Gram
Panchayat, but the development activities have been rather slow. The
people do agriculture as the main occupation and some people are
involved in cattle rearing and keep buffalos to sell milk.
Consequently, the milk cake sold in
Jhilai is quite famous in the nearby areas. Last time, when I visited
the village, I bought some milk cake which was liked by friends in
It was told that the village is spread
over an area of about 1500 hectares had a population of about six
thousand people. The village has manly semi-pucca houses and small
During the pre-independence days it was
a 'royal tikana' with a small palace and a fort. I visited the
deserted fort and the palace to take some photographs. The palace was
under repairs to bring back some of its glory.
Children were seen playing traditional
games and enjoying themselves near the palace as it is on the
outskirts of the village and had open space. The small market place
was near the bus stand which was unclean.