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Inflation-hit poor feel short-changed in rising India

Libbar Hari:, January 26, 2011

Bhola Nath doesn’t care much for India’s growth story. Not when the 65-year-old migrant brick kiln worker has stopped buying onions and garlic, key food staples for Indian families, and manages to save just 1,000 rupees ($22) per month to send his family of five back home due to the ever-increasing prices of food and other basic commodities.

“We have stopped having tea at work, and we add only red chilli to our vegetables as even oil has become too costly,” said Nath, who hails from northern Uttar Pradesh state but has worked for 15 years in this small dusty village in neighbouring Uttarakhand state, about 160 kilometers from India’s capital. [more]