By Jonathan Allen
HANSDEHAR, India (Reuters) – An Indian village has uploaded itself onto the Internet, giving the outside world a glimpse of life in rural India.
Visitors to Hansdehar village’s Web site (www.smartvillages.org) can see the names, jobs and other details of its 1,753 residents, browse photographs of their shops and read detailed specifications about their drainage and electricity facilities.
Most of the residents can’t yet surf the Hansdehar Web site as the village is not yet connected to the Internet.
But the villagers hope the site — and their imminent first Internet connection — will put them in touch with the world beyond the flooded rice fields surrounding Hansdehar, located in a rich agricultural belt in the northern state of Haryana.
“It will be a revolution,” said farmer Ajaib Singh.