Don’t be shocked to see this in India

If you are travelling to India then one of the most striking features that you will notice is her poverty. You might have heard of lots of nice things about how India is making progress and about its growing economy. That is all well and good and rightly so; millions of people have been uplifted out of poverty. You can read more about poverty in India here. Gone are the days when people used to starve to death – thankfully none of that anymore.

But Western tourists find it shocking when they see people living on the streets. Here’s a taste of what you might find in India if you happen to be taking a walk in the early hours of the morning in India.

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A family of six in Calcutta

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This is Calcutta (Kolkata) an extremely over crowded city. People from villages flock to the city for work and most of them end up living on the streets.

You will find that these roadside homes have everything you expect in a home

Living on the streets of India
Makeshift home on the roadside

People sleeping on the roadside

Shocking realisty of India's poor
Shocking reality of India’s poor

These sights might break your heart but do remember many of these people are hard working people and form the backbone of India’s economy and they can take care of themselves. They are the ones who will wash the dishes in the restaurants and wash your clothes while you are sightseeing, they are the ones who drive the rickshaws and carry the luggage for you. India’s new prime minister has pledged a bank account for the 75 million poor Indian households. They do not require pity; all they need is a bit of respect. Images by MM.

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28 thoughts on “Don’t be shocked to see this in India”

  1. This is the un-talked part about India in the tourism brochures. I am glad somebody is talking about it. Most tourists from western countries do get a shock of their life when they see so many people living in poor conditions around them. Hopefully things will only get better in the future.

  2. Yes, this the sad reality of India. Poverty is really something that we see everywhere, even in big cities live Mumbai. I hope these people also see light some day.

  3. Hi Shalu,

    Yes, this is what a major of the Indian population consists of – poverty, and they don’t need pity, but respect and means to find work and earn a living for themselves.

    I wonder how much the Government is really going to come up and do something for these people.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend 🙂

  4. Why do you want to show it? It is only one side of the coin. Why are you focussing on the pessimistic side? If a person unknown to India will see it, what would he/she think about the country? Don’t you think you are projecting a negative picture of your country? Have you ever seen a developed country showing anything that may tarnish its image? No. Whenever we think of America and Europe, we think of their prosperity. Do they not have poor, homeless and destitutes? But neither we think of them nor those countries ever show them.

    • No I don’t think that showing these things is giving a negative picture. I have lived abroad for years and travel all the time, they always talk bad about their country if they have too.

  5. Yes… There is Nothing to Be Shocked to see this in India ! This is reality of India ! We can see Poor People in everywhere in India ! These are Poor & Hard working people But India Government never think about these poor People ! I must say first of all we should start help to these people than let Government do.

  6. The definition of POOR is highly insulting. A person spending Rs. 32 & Rs. 27 per day expenses in Urban & rural area are NOT POOR. Its shameless when every MLA/MP/Minister is spending LACS per day.

  7. Thanks for the post, Shalu. Most Westerner’s negative feeling about poverty in developing countries is due to not being able to respond correctly. Your thoughts here make things a lot clearer.

  8. This is so true.Rich is getting richer and poor is getting more poorer day by day.Go into any slum in India and you will find millions like these people.I hope Modi government will definitely help India come over poverty.

  9. Yes they dont need pity they need respect so people from outside india should definitely respect them and shouldn’t take their pictures and to go and show others in their country

  10. India has so many other negatives things also but it doesn’t that we will point out each and every thing,i think we have no right to talk on such things because when it comes to us ,we don’t bother to do anything and then only social sites we comment like we have done so many things for these people and we really care about them.

  11. This is so true.Rich is accepting richer and poor is accepting added poorer day by day.Go into any hole in India and you will acquisition millions like these people.I achievement Modi government will absolutely advice India appear over poverty.

  12. Lack of health care and education is another problem. Major qualifier I would say isn’t just a nations regime, its also lack of services to care for the poor. If no body donates, helps or gets people off the streets its the same same as saying there is no human value. We see it in China, Africa, India and tons of other places. World needs change not just in leadership and morality, but also in how it thinks.

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