A violent Bay of Bengal, high tide and sea incursion is taking a heavy toll of the 480 km stretch of Odisha coast. A gusty sea is breaching the embankments, sand dunes and other natural barriers and saline water is entering the agricultural fields and damaging crops. The very existences of some of the villages are also threatened due to sea erosion.
While laying the foundation stone of Hirakud dam, the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had said to the to be displaced villagers, "If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of the country."
In the mid-eighties one Banita Punji had sold her sister-in-law for a paltry amount of 40 rupees. It made headlines in the national and international newspapers. Media persons and the leaders made a bee line to Punji's village Hatimunda. It is three decades since then, and a plethora of poverty alleviation schemes like employment guarantee act, one rupee rice etc are there, however, practice of child trade has become a continuous practice in the bountiful Odisha.
Given the different kinds of existing Madrasa, the problem arises when we think of such questions as maintenance of institutions, discipline, uniformity in courses of studies and, above all, the standard of teaching. A good deal of discrepancy emerges which need to be considered and stream lined. It's all about 'Marhaba' for Modi's 'Madrasa Mission.