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Directory Of Year 1958, Issue 1
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From Desk to Plough

Year:1958 Issue:1

Column: ROUND THE WEEK

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Release Date:1958-03-04

Page: 4,5

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Urban office workers on the farms are doing so well that many have been singled out for their good work by the peasants in the locality. Until they went to the countryside quite a few, trained in the old society, were intellectuals to the manner born - incapable of sustained manual labour of any kind and so ignorant of farming that they couldn't tell barley from wheat. A few months of work in the rural districts have meant a world of difference. Often contemptuous of working men and their calling before, they have now come to appreciate that it is labour that creates the world and to understand that while learning they can also make themselves useful in the countryside. They share their knowledge with the peasants and help them set up schools and literacy classes and organize sports and recreational activities. Peasants by day, these erstwhile office workers in the villages are often schoolmasters in the evening. In this give and take new bonds of friendship have been forged between them and the peasants.

Office workers from government departments and enterprises went to work in the countryside to give support to agriculture, which is fast expanding, and to mingle with the peasants, so as to transform themselves into intellectuals of the labouring people.

The movement began last autumn and by the first week of February this year a total of 1.3 million office workers had begun a new life on the farms, in factories or in local administrations.

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