REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash, str
A child of a Indian brick kiln labourer cries at a kiln in Malakharhar village, 35 km (22 miles) from the northern Indian city of Allahabad March 11, 2006. Although India is expected to grow at more than seven percent in the year ending March 2006 with finance planners in New Delhi highlighting its record foreign reserves, rising middle class incomes and booming stock market, around 26 percent of its population, or 260 million people, live below the poverty line.
It's quite astonishing that in a nation of 1 billion inhabitants, there isn't one single person available to comfort this poor child. The cruel irony is that there DOES happen to be one willing to shoot a picture of him. This is no doubt a short-sighted perception, but hey, one billion people! -AT
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