Growth in India's Industrial Hub Leaves Many Behind
Sappenfield, Mark, The Christian Science Monitor
Bhan Sai makes about $1.40 a day. The minimum wage is almost twice that, but if he complains, he says, the steel mill will fire him.
Squatting by the roadside after a shift, his hands chalk-white from work, he says he came from the neighboring state of Jharkhand for this job, leaving his home to live in a tent camp outside town. The bus fare from there is one-fifth of his daily salary.
But among India's more than 300 million unskilled rural laborers, he is fortunate. He has a job.
Far from the call centers and air-conditioned malls that characterize the New India, the Old India has labored on almost unchanged. Increasingly, India is hoping industry will …
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