[ View the story "Indian inequities Indian inequities " on Storify] Indian inequities Indian inequities Despite two decades of rapid economic growth, India's wealth gap is worsening.
Storified by The Stream · Wed, Feb 29 2012 08:26:05
India is the world's fourth largest economy and has long been touted as a rising economic superpower. Its rapid growth has also been marked by growing social inequalities. As this cartoon by Ingram Pinn illustrates, many of the nation's poor are being left behind.
Although many of India's major cities have experienced construction booms, widespread slums remain. About 410 million of India's 1.2 billion people still live below the poverty line.
This video shows Dharavi, one of Mumbai's most populous slums and one of the largest in the world.
India has had one of the strongest GDP growth rates of the last decade, surpassing many other emerging economies, as shown
. But that growth is now slowing as foreign investment dwindles and inflation remains high.
, the wealthiest, as a group, in India are only equal to the poorest in the United States.
The rich in India are miniscule. When you are talking of bulk it is usually the middle class that swallows them in the name of the poor.SonaliRanade
India is home to more than
half the world
's malnourished children, more than the number found in all of sub-Saharan Africa.
Internet and mobile penetration in India is
rapidly as well. The numbers of both rural internet and mobile users are expected to nearly double in the next year.
India's rising internet use comes at a time when the government is mulling restrictions to some online content deemed culturally inappropriate. Kapil Sibal, India's Minister of Communications and Information, was widely mocked online, with the hashtag #IdiotKapilSibal trending across India after the news broke.
Kapil Sibal may have absolutely no idea how the Internet functions but damn he sure does know how to troll an entire nation.rishi alwani
Wow. A government which can't clean drains properly wants to scan all emails, tweets and updates.pragmatic_desi
Earlier this year, the country saw massive rallies, organised primarily via social media, in support of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, who led a hunger strike that ended only after the government passed new graft legislation.
This cartoon by Sudhir Tailang shows a caricature of Sibal hunting down a Twitter bird. India's current political and economic ills--represented here as vultures--seem to be waiting for the bird's and social media's demise.
To address growing inequality amid rising costs of living in India, some 800,000 workers participated in what organisers billed as the world's largest labour protest on Tuesday. The general strike, which involved major Indian workers' unions, demanded improved labour laws and a higher minimum wage.
Below are some photos and videos from Tuesday's protests.
Hartal At Alapuzha: Shops Are Forced To Shutindiavisionlive
Desh Vyapi Hartal 28 Feb 2012bhuwaneshwarrathore