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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Italy village offers E 2000 for shifting there ! Kuntala to Mahismati !!

Whilst there is global call for peaceful living, there has been crisis and more  than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. The vast majority arrived by sea but some migrants have made their way over land, principally via Turkey and Albania.  The trouble is because the migrants are changing the cultural practices and have exploded violently causing trouble to the locals.

At the largest migrant camp in Paris, just outside the Porte de La Chapelle metro station, as is elsewhere,  hundreds of migrants live in tents. Many of them blame Europe for not giving them documentation or free housing. The Porte de Le Chapelle migrant camp is the largest outdoor makeshift camp in the French capital and is home to several hundred migrants, most of whom come from African countries like Sudan, Eritrea, and Nigeria.

The European migrant crisis,  or the European refugee crisis, began in 2015 when rising numbers of people arrived illegally in the European Union (EU), travelling across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. These people included not only asylum seekers, but also encompassed various others, such as economic migrants,and  some no.  of hostile agents including "Islamic State militants".  The unauthorized foreign migrants came mostly from Muslim-majority countries of regions south and east of Europe; by religious affiliation, the majority of entrants were Muslim (usually Sunni Muslim), with a small component of non-Muslim minorities (including Yazidis, Assyrians, Mandeans, etc.).

‘Bahubali ~ the conclusion’ is rocking and is affable by every standards for the ordinary cine goer.   How the hero Bahubali is loved by his subjects and how he strains to keep the subjects of Mahismati happy are the neural values.  Amarendra falls in love with Devasena  a princess of the Kuntala kingdom (7.5 yojanas in the North from Mahishmati) and the sister of the king of Kuntala.  That in the process of proxy war to capture the kingdom, the smaller kingdom gets crushed and wiped away are the sad tales that man’s lust for power teaches us.  Every kingdom be it Kuntala or Mahismati passes through various phases – run and ruined by some greedy power hungry people or attacked by dacoits like Pindaris.  ~  Mahendra Bahubali whose life starts with Rajamata saving him, running away from evil forces, gets floated on water, saved and brought up by simple people, reenters the same kingdom of Mahismati is narrated beautifully ..  More on the movie in a later post

Miles away, the mayor of a remote mountain village in Italy is offering to pay €2,000 (Rs.1.42 lakhs approx)  to anyone who moves there, in an attempt to save it from becoming a ghost town. Those who take up residence in Bormida, which sits 420 metres above sea level in the north-west Liguria region and is home to 394 people, will pay as little as €50 a month in rent.

MailOnline reports on the  enticing initiative is Mayor Daniele Galliano’s way of breathing life into a village whose population has dwindled in recent decades as young people leave to find work in the closest big city of Savona or beyond. The finer details of the cash offer still needed to be ironed out and approved by the local council, Galliano wrote on his Facebook page. But if all goes ahead, from next year anyone who transfers their residence to Bormida and either rents or buys a property there will be gifted €2,000.

And under the low rent scheme, which should be in place within the next two months, a small property will cost just €50 a month while a more spacious one will be no more than €120.  “We’re still working out the plan, but anyone is welcome to come and live here,” said a local councillor, who asked not to be named. “We’re a small community but very welcoming. We’re high up in a mountain area but also not far from the sea – it’s a healthy lifestyle, the air is very clean.” Galliano’s Facebook post was met with a flurry of responses from potential new inhabitants, with some saying they would renounce the cash gift in return for a job in the town.

But what is life like in Bormida? The manager of Oddone Giuseppe, one of the town’s four restaurants, said: “There is nothing much to do here. But life is so simple and natural, we have forests, goats, the church, and plenty of good food. Life would definitely be free of stress.”  A report last year by Legambiente, an Italian environmental association, found that 2,500 villages across the country risked being abandoned owing to depopulation.

In January the culture ministry named 2017 the “year of the village” as part of an attempt to promote tourism in places at risk of becoming deserted.

Interesting !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

11th May 2017.

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