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Photo Essay: The other side of India’s IT capital (part 1)

 INSP 20 February 2019

Call centres, futuristic IT campuses and explosive growth have come to dominate Bangalore’s global image in recent years. For the two million people still living in poverty, this picture could not be further from reality. Photographer Simon Murphy travelled across the city to see the other side of India’s ‘Silicon Valley’. (224 Words) - By Danielle Batist

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People crossing the railway track in the city of Bangalore.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A homeless man begs for money in Bangalore’s rush hour.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Girls wash their clothes under a fly over in Bangalore. Huge constructions are underway across the city centre in an attempt to tackle the serious congestion problems.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A mother washes her children by the road side in Bangalore. Millions of slum dwellers have no access to clean water.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A man sells fish in the slums of Bangalore. Informal labour still is the only means of income for the majority of Bangaloreans.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A bus passes by in the streets of Bangalore’s largest slum.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A woman prepares food in a roadside stall, next to a key maker stall in Bangalore. Informal labour still is the only means of income for the majority of Bangaloreans.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A cow in the public garbage refuge on the edge of a Bangalore slum.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Children on their way to school in Bangalore’s rush hour.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A woman crosses the railway track in the city of Bangalore.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A rickshaw on the streets of Bangalore.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A train enters the city centre of Bangalore.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A train enters the city centre of Bangalore.Photo: Simon Murphy

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A boy on the streets of the Bangalore slum where he lives.Photo: Simon Murphy


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The UN predicted that by 2030, the towns and cities of the developing world will make up 81 per cent of urban humanity. Disparity between rich and poor citizens in these cities is huge, and bridging these gaps will be one of the biggest challenges of the next century. Last year's official Census of India statistics showed that Bangalore's district population rose a staggering 47 per cent in just ten years, making it the second fastest growing city in India, after Delhi.

The Indian Institute of Science estimates that Bangalore has about 30 per cent of all IT workforce in the country. Global corporations like Infosys, with 60,000 employees moving around a high tech campus in golf carts, have drastically changed the city's - as well as the country's - image. American Express released a report in 2007, revealing that Bangalore is home to 10,000 millionaires and 60,000 near-millionaires. At the same time, about a quarter of the city's 8.4 million citizens still live in slums, with 20 per cent living below the poverty line.


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