Essay India And The Millennium Development Goals

1315 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
India, a country with a population of more than 1 billion people, is home to many small, rural communities that have never encouraged education among their citizens (CIA, 2016). In one of these communities, a family of eight struggles to get by with the little money the family makes as tenant farmers. Overtime, situations such as these have been bettered thanks to the Millennium Development Goals, but there is room for further achievement. Since the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for year 2000, India and other similarly populated countries, has improved their standard of living drastically from the time period that the novel is set, 1954.
Rukmani and her family live in a rural village in India. She grew up the daughter of a village headman and was granted the opportunity to learn to read and write. As the youngest daughter of four, her dowry for marriage was not as significant as her other siblings. Rukmani was married off to a tenant farmer in a village far from her family. She spent her time learning how to be a good wife to her husband because she never had a reason to learn before. It was expected, as the headman’s daughter, that she would marry into a family that would not demand such skills. After her struggles with pregnancy and then giving birth to a daughter, she befriended a white male doctor from a world unlike their own who treats her infertility (Markandaya, 1955). This is a reality for many families in India. The Millennium Development…

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