Rajan Venkatesh is a former journalist with the Times of India. He taught journalism in Mumbai and New Delhi. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of community, he later left the city and became an educator within SIDDH, an innovative project working in rural mountain villages. In 2013, to further understand the principles behind the functioning of traditional Indian society and its livelihoods, Venkatesh went on to become a farmer in southern Maharashtra. He is the editor of Raibar, a bi-lingual publication exploring global issues. His insights into community building in rural India offer glimpses into how India can survive the juggernaut of modernity, with its soul and community intact.