Despite decades of neglect and socio-economic backwardness, social churning is perceptible in H.D. Kote and people’s aspirations are changing, according to Balasubramaniam, founder, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM).

The SVYM started its movement from H.D. Kote almost 30 years ago through intervention in the field of health, education and socio-economic empowerment and its community-based health and education project has reached over 4 lakh people, including tribal communities.

Dr. Balasubramaniam said political sensitisation had increased and even tribal people were keen on participating in the electoral process.

“The change has been brought about by self-help groups and people have started asking questions, which was not the case all these years,” he said.

“Literacy levels have increased and many graduates are passing out of H.D. Kote. All this will surely help bring development as an agenda for future,” he added.