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India with Sanjeev Bhaskar

A Camel Called Sanjeev (#104)

Sanjeev Bhasker explores the diverse region of Rajasthan, and asks if India will get left behind with the changes brought by the modern world, or whether it will move with the times. Beginning with a Royal appointment in the city of Jodphur, Sanjeev looks at the role of the modern Royal in today's India, joins the Maharajah at a water conservation project and visits a traditional fort. Despite committing a social faux pas at the Royal birthday party, he is graciously welcomed by the Prince as they muse on the future of modern Royals. The journey continues into deepest Rajasthan as Sanjeev encounters a group of camels, some on a more intimate level than intended, and he finds out how original methods of living off the land must respond to India embracing the future. An introduction to Barefoot Colleges shows one way forward as equality begins to appear in the classroom. At the birthplace of Gandhi, Sanjeev has time to consider the teachings of this revered leader of men, and considers how Hindus and Muslims live alongside each other. At a unique city just outside Pune, he has a chance to witness a very modern approach to harmonious living where a purpose-built complex supports a safe, clean and middle-class existence -- demonstrating the extremes of modern India. At the opposite end of the spectrum, he reflects on his experiences as he returns to the city where he began his journey -- the richly traditional and historical destination of Mumbai. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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