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Chandrahas Choudhury

A Newspaper for and About India's Rural Majority

A newspaper devoted exclusively to rural news appeared in north India last month. Here's why this was such a big deal.

The most significant development in India in the last two decades has been the rapid (and often messy) urbanization of a society that for all of recorded history has been predominantly rural. The last census, in 2010, showed that, for the first time since 1921, the population of urban areas grew faster than that of rural ones. This demographic shift can be attributed not just to urbanization (which has its good and bad sides) but also to rural distress, which causes the migration of great numbers of people from villages to cities in search of employment.