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India | CARE International

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Photos: Kristian Bertel

India is a country which is rich in heritage, culture, cuisine, nature and history. It has so much diversity that is hardly seen anywhere else in the world. It is an ideal blend of the modern culture and history.

With one of the world”s fastest-growing economies, India has certainly made giant strides over the past decade. However, despite averaging an annual growth rate of around 9% in recent years, vast sections of the country”s billion-plus population have seen little benefit from the economic boom.

Poverty in India is a big a problem now as it has ever been with well over 200 Million people living below the poverty line. A third of the global poor now reisde in India and the shocking statistics are highlighted by the huge disparity between the rich and poor.

An Indian girl is collecting things in Varanasi, India.

Poverty can be classified into rural and urban types. Rural poverty is caused due to various factors like dependence of rural population over the agriculture which is highly dependent on rain; injustice towards people of lower caste, lack of education, large family size with many mouths to eat and lesser hands to earn and unequal distribution of income.

Main reasons responsible for urban poverty is the scarcity of job opportunities caused due to migration of rural families to cities and lack of proper housing facilities.

About the photographer
I'm a Danish photographer focusing on global issues such as poverty and life conditions in Asia. I think photography can have a strong impact on society, and by taking photographs humanity can have a voice in the work I do.

Posted by kristianbertel@hotmail.com on Apr 13, 2011 10:36 AM US/Eastern

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