Pune: "An incident in a village changed my perspective about life. After spending 28 years in a city pursuing a career, I decided to work for the rural poor," said social worker Smita Kolhe on Tuesday.
Kolhe was the chief guest at the 31st anniversary function of 'Sakal Saptahik', which was organised at the Tilak Smarak Mandir in the city.
The senior social worker spoke about the tribal life in Melghat. Shriram Pawar, Chief Editor of Sakal Media Group, Malhar Arankalle, Editor of Sakal Media Group and Bhausaheb Patil, Director of Sakal Media Group, were present for the event.
Kolhe released the Sakal Saptahik Diwali Ank (annual magazine). Sharing her experiences, she said, "I have struggled a lot during my academic years. I chose to become a homoeopathy doctor and I succeeded in it. After 28 years of living in a city, I shifted to Melghat with my husband Ravindra Kolhe. An incident at the village changed my perspective about life and I decided to lead a village life and become a part of them."
"After watching poor conditions of the villagers, we decided to work on malnutrition, farming techniques and problems faced by women. Slowly, the villagers changed their mind. Now, women in our village are not forced to abort, no farmer commits suicide as farming techniques have improved, youngsters can choose their life partners, there is no dowry system and nobody demands share in girls' income once she is married. There is no old age home and no orphanage in the area."
Kolhe said, "After settling down in this village. I realised that living in high society, spending money on unnecessary things and living in a society, where people judge you by your clothes, is a waste of time and money. One should rather live with people, who support and care for others."