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India Poverty

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

Campaign Will Help Millions Of Impoverished Indians Open Bank Accounts

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial...

Poor Boy's 'Sneaky' Trick Teaches Us Everything We Need To Know About Giving Charity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

When a poor Indian boy found a 50 Rupee bill, he at first dreamed of splurging on ice cream cones, as any kid his age likely would. But in the shor...

Reading Piketty in India

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

Addressing inequality shouldn't be about penalizing the rich. It shouldn't be about reviving discredited socialist economic ideas from the 1970s in 21st century European think tanks. It should be about fixing the policies and practices that cause inequality.

Five Myths About India's Poverty

Richard Dobbs | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
Richard Dobbs

A new benchmark called the Empowerment Line, developed by the McKinsey Global Institute, aims to create a new and more holistic policy framework for poverty reduction. It calculates the cost for an Indian household to attain the basics and then compares these benchmarks to actual consumption data to measure needs that are going unmet. The results debunk a number of misconceptions about the nature of poverty in India.

Major Indian City's Project To Feed The Poor Might Actually Work

Karthik Lakshmanan | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

The author of this article is a student at the Asian College of Journalism in India. The article is part of a collaboration between The Huffington Pos...

19 Children Die After Eating School Lunch In India

AP | Posted 09.15.2013 | World

PATNA, India — Nineteen children have died and more are sick after eating free meals at a primary school in eastern India. Bihar state official...

India's Poor Driven To Death Traps

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

By Aditi Shah MUMBAI, April 12 (Reuters) - Aslamkhan Bhikankha sold his wife's jewellery and used all his savings to buy a flat in a ...

Yoga Gives Back Fights Poverty in India, One Woman at a Time

Jill Lawson | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Jill Lawson

It is of grave importance that we do not use yoga to perpetuate our freedom to self indulge. We could consider taking our newfound inspiration we've gained via yoga, and use it to empower other women, who may be less fortunate.

Witnessing the Slow Death of a City

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
Tarun Sakhrani

On a recent trip to Ghana, a few friends were discussing the merits (or should I say, demerits) of holding an Indian passport and their desire to switch to another nationality.

My Final Thoughts of My Time in India

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

For all the challenges that India may have, it's a wonderful country. The people are warm, smart, generous and tireless workers. I hope this is the first of many trips that I will take to this country.


Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Kolkata was a crowded and rainy city, but definitely felt like the cultural and literary center of India.

Woman, 113 And Likely 'Oldest, Tiniest Human,' Lives On $5 A Month

Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact

Zeenat Bi, is 3 feet tall, 113 years old and destitute. And while the Indian woman struggles just to get to the bank, she manages to survive on $5 a m...

India To Deposit Money In Accounts Of Millions Of Poor

AP | ASHOK SHARMA | Posted 10.20.2012 | World

NEW DELHI -- The Indian government is preparing to directly transfer cash to the bank accounts of millions of poor people who often become victims of ...

The Slums of India

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

People tried to warn me that the poverty that I would see in India would be unimagineable and they were right.

The Perennial Underachiever

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.30.2012 | World
Tarun Sakhrani

It started with the Time magazine cover which pictures Manmohan Singh with the caption "underachiever." No big deal, right? I mean, it is an independent press doing what it is supposed to do -- expressing it's independent opinion.

Government Toilet Upgrade Causes Stink

AP | Posted 06.07.2012 | World

NEW DELHI -- An Indian government agency is being criticized for spending $63,000 to renovate its toilets just months after setting the national pover...

'6 Days I Would Eat, And The Next 6 Days I Wouldn't Eat At All'

Posted 05.15.2012 | World

"Six days I would eat, then the next six days I wouldn't eat at all," 9-year-old Roshan tells Al Jazeera. The tiny girl grew up on a diet of 600 calor...

Study: 42 Percent Of Indian Children Under 5 Malnourished

AP | Posted 03.11.2012 | World

NEW DELHI -- Forty-two percent of children in India younger than 5 are underweight and nearly 60 percent are stunted, a new survey found. The Hunger ...

India an Eye-Opening Journey

John Harden | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
John Harden

At 10, Roberta, or Robi Ley knew she wanted to be a writer. She would dream endlessly toward the day she would see her byline printed on a book cover.

Embracing Otherness: Bunker Roy

Pat Mitchell | Posted 12.18.2011 | Media
Pat Mitchell

Bunker Roy and his Barefoot College begins with an amazing story of his own choice to leave a life of privilege and prestigious education to essentially learn from the poor.

Are Clinical Trials Exploiting India's Poor?

Posted 09.11.2011 | World

Clinical trials have always been part of the pharmaceutical industry, but what if a large number of those trying out new medicines live below the pove...

India's Stingy Definition Of Poverty Excludes Millions In Need

AP | MUNEEZA NAQVI | Posted 07.27.2011 | Impact

NEW DELHI — Every day, through scorching summers and chilly winters, Himmat pedals his bicycle rickshaw through New Delhi's crowded streets, ear...

Taking Notice of India's Extreme Poverty

Dominique Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Dominique Browning

There is no way to be hardhearted about enormous poverty, yet it is equally impossible to be always heartbroken. We need, perhaps, soft hearts, hard eyes.


Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Battered at home by last week's Republican landslide, President Barack Obama headed to India to seek solace in foreign policy. The president's s...