How urban migration has changed — and is changing — ideas of rural India

Rajesh Shukla    June 28, 2023

OPINION I The Economic Times

Bimal Roy's 1953 classic, Do Bigha Zamin, highlighted the plight of the post-Independence farmer, focusing on the tussle between a declining agrarian way of life and the gradual emergence of an urban working class. The narrative of a rural family under severe financial distress and is forced to migrate to the city has found an echo in the real world through the decades. But some 70 years after its release, Roy's iconic film no longer resonates with the rurClick al india of today.

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