Defining New India
Gandhian ideals form the conscience of Indian constitution. The Directive Principles of State Policy consists of the Gandhian principle of Village Panchayath (Article 40) which was realised through the Panchayatiraj; constitutional decentralisation from 1993. Gandhiji defined India in terms of its villages. Gandhiji writes: “I would say that if the village perishes India will perish too. India will be no more India. Her own mission in the world will get lost”. Therefore defining new India is also linked with the villages. An integral empowerment alone is capable to revive Indian Villages and to create a new India in accordance with the dream of the father of the nation and the ideals of the constitution of India.
Backwardness of Indian Villages
According to the 2011 census of India, 68.84% of Indians (around 833.1 million people) live in 640,867 different villages. This fact must be read in relation with the backward status of these village population. More than a quarter of the population living in rural areas of India is below the poverty line. So even after the 73 years of independence the Gandhian principles of Antyodaya (Upliftment of the last) and Sarvvodaya (Upliftment of all) are of much significance.
Kovilmala Tribal Kingdom
Kovilmala, locally known as Kozhimala (the hill of hen), is a tribal settlement and a small village in the district of Idukki, Kerala. It is the only existing tribal kingdom in South India which falls under the Kanchiyar Panchayath of Idukki Taluk. It’s inhabitants are more of one of the Scheduled Tribes in India, Mannan Community. Kovilmala Tribal Kingdom has many unique features and a rich history. They have lived for centuries in the forest and hilly regions. It possesses a treasure of mythology and distinctive cultural identity. But the reality of the backwardness of the village is a pertinent issue.
New India Kovilmala Tribal Kingdom an Integrating Mission of JPM
JPM Arts and Science College has close affinity with Kovilmala geographically and sociologically. Kovilmala is 5 Kilometers away from the college. From the establishment of the college the students from Kovilamala largely depend this college for their higher education. The management, teachers and students realise New India Kovilmala Tribal Kingdom as an Integrating Mission of JPM.
Aims and Objectives
Mode of Action
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