They set the foundation for a child’s education. Let’s not underestimate their role today
She was 23, living in that village alone, 600km from her parents’ home in Nanjangud near Mysore. She had been selected as a teacher two years before and posted there. The lush paddy fields encircling the villages’ government primary school were incongruous in the arid climate of Bijapur district. They were there because Krishna fed those fields generously through the canals of one its many dams. In front of the one-room school was a small pond. I met Uma for the first time in 2011 in that school.