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Poverty in IndiaPoverty in India is reducing but it is still a major issue and is such a major issue that sadly it puts many people off travelling to this amazing country. Poverty in India is evident from the moment when the plane touches the tarmac and disgorges its passengers. Walk into the terminal building, grubby, tired, needing the loo – ladies beware!
The loo attendant holds out a tray showing the pound coins left by passengers from the previous plane, so, heh – we all follow suit and add more pound coins to her pile. Each pound coin is worth so much and even a skilled craftsman finds it hard to earn that for a long day’s labour…. Yes, I put my pound in and I am happy for her too.
Out of the airport terminal you will be besieged by enthusiastic beturbaned men desperate to carry your luggage to wherever you want to go, desperate to sell you their wares, desperate to show you the way, desperate to clean your shoes, desperate …. people missing limbs, women embracing babies signing that they are hungry, starving, dogs are everywhere scavenging for the last crumb but enduring kicks and curses and sometimes beatings to swallow anything palatable. Welcome to the phenomenon known as.. India!
You may be continuing your journey via train where the adventure continues. The stations are so full of people, some are cooking, sleeping, begging, laughing, crying, living out whatever life has thrown at them – look at the train tracks, the rats the size of cats who have a totally awesome life thriving on deitrus, rubbish and shit … look to the right, weary donkeys following the lines laden with boxes for McDonalds carefully making their way over the tracks.
The problems of poverty in IndiaSince India’s independence, the subject of poverty in India has remained a major concern. According to the common definition of poverty, when a person can no longer meet the required levels to maintain specified standard of living, they are considered poor. This means that in India alone there are almost 220.1 million people living below the poverty line. This adds up to almost 25% of India’s population which is a truly staggering amount.
The division of resources, as well as wealth, is very uneven in India – this disparity creates different poverty ratios for different states. For instance, states such as Delhi and Punjab have very low poverty ratios. On the other hand, nearly half of the populations in Bihar and Orissa live below the poverty line and the figures get worse for Calcutta and Maharashtra.
The World Bank estimates that a third of the global poor now reside in India and this country has a higher rate of malnutrition among children under the age of three (46% in year 2007) than any other country in the world. The poverty and situations that people are forced to live in coupled with the burning desire to survive have resulted in people doing some unimaginable things to stay alive.
Children are taken out of school at a very young age (and that’s if they ever went to school) and forced to work to support their families. You will see the tiniest of children picking through huge rubbish piles extracting plastic bottles, dragging out rags, flies buzzing, horrendous working conditions for any mortal. One scene that made me physically sick when I was in India was a group of 40 young boys, black from head to toe, picking through coal on a line of freight trains, I don’t know what for …but I’m sure they couldn’t have been getting more than 30 rupees (about 40 pence) a day. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many children forced into labour in India who will live and die in similar scenarios. Girls barely in their teens are forced into prostitution, some are sewing from day break to night fall, others beg having had eyes blinded or limbs removed to add to their pathos .. and it is not just the children .. their parents, and their parents, are also begging, anything for the odd coin. The poverty India can be shocking to say the least and it’s a harsh reminder how unfair life is.
Rural poverty in IndiaA number of factors are responsible for poverty in the rural areas of India. Rural populations primarily depend on agriculture as their livelihoods, which in turn, is highly dependant on rain patterns and monsoons. Inadequate rain and improper irrigation facilities can obviously cause low, or in some cases, zero production of crops followed by the obvious but sometimes catastrophic repercussions that often follows.
An Indian family unit can be often very large, which can exacerbate the effects of poverty. Also, the caste system which is still found a lot in India (although it is getting less) is a major reason for rural poverty for it keeps people locked in the endless cycle with less facilities and opportunities for the lower castes. The government has planned and implemented poverty eradication programs, but the benefits of all these programs have yet to reach the core of the country.
Urban poverty in IndiaThe phenomenal increase in the city populations is one of the main reasons for poverty in the urban areas of India. The massive and relatively recent increase is a result of major migration of rural families to cities. This migration is mainly caused by poor employment opportunities in villages and is exacerbated by the fact that there are few job opportunities in the cities as well.
The SlumsThe poverty in India has its roots entrenched in the culture and the problems spread just as deep. The mass over crowding and extreme deprivation have resulted in huge man made slums, the largest of which is in Mumbai. Miles and miles of rubbish, mangled iron, human excrement and open sewers form what millions of people call home. The water is rank, there is no waste disposal, no jobs, no healthcare and little support. There is little opportunity for education so there is no end to the poverty cycle. The slums are affected by frequent outbreaks of cholera, typhoid and malaria and are often ravaged by water shortages and wild fires.
Dedicated with tears to the hungry people who end their earthly sojourn with parched tongues and empty stomachs
posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 8:26:00 PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 4:17:00 PM
one who criticize you a real friend of yours . one who praise you is also a good friend
but not like critics.critics give time to implement something.
if you are criticizing someone supposed then he or she is supposed to be a listener if
he or she criticize back means he loose e a trainer or motivator. friend can be found
easily but difficult to find a critics
मुझे कभी कभी लगता है की लोग एक दुसरे की बुराई क्यूँ करते हं क्या उनको कोई फायदा होता ह
सच कहूँ तो बुराई करने बाले लोग आपके वहुत करीबी होते हं. जो अपने समय को दांव पर लगा कर आपके बारे सोचते हैं. और आपकी गलतियाँ दूंध कर निकलते हं. और आपको सोचने पर मजबूर करते .और आपको वहुत ग्रेट पर्सन बना देते hn
posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 12:32:00 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
the life of kashmiries have become worst. who is responsible for their murders or attacks, i think no one. a mother was crying on the road when she lost her baby . i was crying in front of television when they were showing this news .i think many Indians were were watching this news a very few raised their voice agaist this thing. 100 of people have beem killed so far.
posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 4:48:00 PM
Verb is one of the most important parts of a sentence. It conveys the action part of a sentence – come, go, sit, stand, dance, write, read, run, climb etc. Tense is the form with which the verb must be presented in a sentence.
I go home.
I’m going home.
I have gone home.
I have been going home.
I went home.
I was going home.
I had gone home.
I had been going home.
I will go home.
I will be going.
I will have gone home.
I will have been going home.
Notice here that the word “go” is being used in 12 different forms in order to convey 12 different meanings. All of these 12 forms emerge from the three basic tenses of the verb “go”:
Go (present tense), went (past tense), and gone (past participle) or,
Go (simple tense), went (past tense), and will go (future tense)
Let’s take another set of examples and identify the 12 verb tenses accordingly:
She breaks her hand –Simple Present Tense
She is breaking her hand — Present Continuous Tense (suggests an ongoing action in the present tense)
She has broken her hand — Present Perfect Tense (suggests a completed action in the present tense)
She has been breaking her hand — Present Perfect Continuous (suggest an ongoing action to be completed in the present tense)
She broke her hand — Simple Past Tense
She was breaking her hand — Past Continuous Tense (suggests an ongoing action in the past tense)
She had broken her hand — Past Perfect Tense (suggests a completed action in the past tense)
She had been breaking her hand — Past Perfect Continuous Tense (suggests an ongoing action to be completed in the past tense)
She will break her hand — Simple Future Tense
She will be breaking her hand — Future Continuous Tense ((suggests an ongoing action in the future tense)
She will have broken her hand — Future Perfect Tense ((suggests a completed action in the future tense)
She will have been breaking her hand — Future Perfect Continuous Tense (suggests an ongoing action to be completed in the future tense).
Unless it is a grammar school, not many English speaking people bother about identification of tenses. Their usage comes naturally with the fluency of the language.
posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 12:44:00 PM
Monday, September 13, 2010
posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 4:27:00 PM
what would you think if someone come at your home and you celebrate your annual festival with your friends and relatives. this is your yearly festi. so surely you will dance and share your happiest moment swith others.but if someone shoot you or your relative. anybody lock you in the room not celebrate ed or ganesh chaturthi then can you answer.
no this is our indian government. kashmir has brought blood rivers that was known and is known for its white snow fall but where is this bllod coming from.
hey ram, hey allah, hey isssssssu protect my nation
no this is our indian government. kashmir has brought blood rivers that was known and is known for its white snow fall but where is this bllod coming from.
hey ram, hey allah, hey isssssssu protect my nation
posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 4:19:00 PM
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
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Friday, September 10, 2010
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 5:09:00 PM
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Basic English conversation: Free Podcasts Online
Basic English conversation is a must for the professional world. If you have already begun learning how to read and write English, or are trying to brush up on your English speaking abilities, then you need to come on over to ELT Podcast to learn basic English in a conversation tone.
In the professional world, small talk can sometimes get you a long way. It fosters a good feeling between you and those whom you work with, or those whom you converse with. And when meeting new people on the street, it is also important to learn how to speak clearly and have a great conversation in English.
This way you can make new business friends, or possibly grow your network of business associates. You will sound more trustworthy if you learn how to speak English well in a conversational tone.
Where To Find Quality Podcast English Conversations
With ELT Podcast you can learn a basic English conversation relatively easy. Just listen in as Bill and Robert meet as complete stranger’s and carry on each new conversation until they have become friends.
You too can learn how to meet and greet people, strangers, co-workers, acquaintances, and other business professionals and sound poised and professional just by following along with a few simple conversations such as these:
Learn the basic formal greetings between two strangers. This will help you effectively meet people when out enjoying your life by helping you dictate a great greeting when you run into somebody you don’t know.
Even if you know all the words, hearing how they are said, and the tones that go with them all the way through a basic greeting can help you sound more professional.
The Continuing Conversation
If you run into somebody you have already met, when a great way to strike up a great sounding conversation. Learn to copy their tones and wording while sounding uniquely you.
Now you won’t be left in the dust the next time you run into an English speaking acquaintance on the street or at a local coffee shop. Or continue your introductions from above, to simply help carry the conversation for longer.
Running into Acquaintances Or Others Again
Meet up with and acquaintance at a sports bar or café? Ever wonder how to bring the subject up the right way while sounding professional? By listening to Bill and Robert, you can hear and practice this great informal conversation so that soon, your English speaking associate will become a friend.
Do you have great weekend plans? Or are you wondering how to bring up the topic the next time you run into somebody you know who speaks English? Want to sound professional to your new co-workers with a great English accent on your words?
Continue your conversation skills here as you follow along with Bill and Robert and then practice on your own. You can listen to them as they converse about someone whom was spoken to on a subway train. Or listen in on weekend plans, vacations, and other great conversation starters.
posted by Santosh Singh Santosh at 12:10:00 PM