Contrast. Brick shanties border the commercial skyline of Gurgaon, India.
Contrast. Brick shanties border the commercial skyline of Gurgaon, India.
(Photo by Amy Bakke/The Stanley Foundation)

Street Life. Above, a young girl holds her infant brother while begging for money on a jetty leading out to the Haji Ali Mosque in Mumbai, India. Despite India’s booming economy, half of its population still survives on less than $2 a day.
Street Life. Above, a young girl holds her infant brother while begging for money on a jetty leading out to the Haji Ali Mosque in Mumbai, India. Despite India’s booming economy, half of its population still survives on less than $2 a day.
(Photo by Sean Harder/The Stanley Foundation)

Learning Opportunity. Inset, USA TODAY reporter Sharon Carty, WMBC-TV reporter Nicole Israel, and Times of India reporter Rukmini Shrinivasan listen as nonprofit leaders discuss how they assist residents of Dharavi slum.
Learning Opportunity. Inset, USA TODAY reporter Sharon Carty, WMBC-TV reporter Nicole Israel, and Times of India reporter Rukmini Shrinivasan listen as nonprofit leaders discuss how they assist residents of Dharavi slum.
(Photo by Sean Harder/The Stanley Foundation)
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Rising Powers: The New Global Reality
Boom or Bust in Bombay
US, Indian journalists explore India’s rise and challenges ahead

Mumbai, India—Dine at any of Mumbai’s growing number of gourmet restaurants, sleep in one of its swanky five-star hotels, or browse some of the city’s budding art galleries and you’ll see the economic signs of India’s rise as a global power.Step outside, however, to see children begging on the streets and sidewalk shanty towns filling the gaps between shiny new developments and you realize just how difficult India’s rise will be.“Clearly, India faces daunting challenges that must be overcome—and fast—or the incredible momentum of India’s...

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