The Shape of Poverty in India
The layout of different villages and constituencies has been involved in creating the shape of poverty in India. Villages such as Lakshmidevinagar which are impoverished with low rates of development sit close to constituencies such as Yeshwantpur which have seen higher rates of development.

A large problem with these cities is that many districts have private hospitals which service mainly those living in the rich communities. Districts like Lakshmidevinagar are home to residents from poor or middle class families. These families tend to fall through the cracks as other hospitals will not open and compete with the current hospital and government-run hospitals are far away. This problem is only exacerbated by the lack of public transportation.

The lack of public transportation is due, in part, to the poor planning of roadway construction which increases traffic. However, developments are being made and roadways are being constructed to ease traffic and provide easier access to water.

Access to clean water is another problem experienced in these districts of India. Private developers are unwilling to give up land on the banks of the Vrishabhavati river which force the residents to use oftentimes polluted parts of the Vrishabhavati.

In a country which has undergone such fast-paced and recent change, some of India’s population has acquired wealth and pulled itself from poverty. However, crime rates are always heightened in areas where the poor and rich coexist so closely. It is important that the middle and upper classes not forget the people still struggling for relief from these conditions.

-Pete Grapentien
Source: The Hindu
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