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Hardship of India's Tea Pickers (Episode #718)

KQED World: Sat, May 2, 2015 -- 8:00 AM

India: Economic Power with Two Faces - There is no single India. On the one hand, the economy is booming. On the other, there are regions where time seems to have stood still for centuries. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India now has a head of government who wants to improve the energy sector, the infrastructure and education system. But above all, Modi wants to attract investors to the country to further modernize the economy. Sidhartha & Surojit Gupta: "Top-level corruption's down in Modi govt, fingers crossed: India Inc" The Hardship of India's Tea Pickers - The working conditions on India's tea plantations are still intolerable. There is no health care, water supplies are scarce, housing is dilapidated, sexual harassment is rife, and workers lack protection from pesticides sprayed over the plants. For fifteen years, Roma Ray has worked on the Phuguri Tea Estate in Darjeeling, at an elevation of 2000 meters. Women like her literally bear a heavy burden, all of it in baskets hung from their necks. They work ten hours a day in the blazing sun, for the equivalent of just under 2 euros a day. The closure of another plantation, the Bundapani Tea Estate, left hundreds of workers jobless. Many people starved to death, and now a third of the former workers' children suffer from malnutrition. India: Global Shapers Community, Delhi - India has a problem with the quality of its education system: too much rote learning, too few creative subjects and badly-trained teachers. The Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs led by young people that aims to improve conditions and prospects for children and teenagers. 26-year-old Faith Gonsalves uses schoolrooms for her project, Music Basti. She and others like her organize music lessons for children. In the state schools, there are hardly any art or music classes. The Global Shapers organization in Delhi has more than 20 members under the age of than 30, most of them well-educated professionals. India: Global Snack - Dal Baati - Mount Abu is a town in Rajasthan, in northwestern India. Abu Restaurant lies on a lively thoroughfare. It specializes in a typical regional dish: dal baati. For 10 years, Neeraj Singhal has been serving this hearty dish, which combines lentils and the hard wheat rolls known as baati. While the rolls seasoned with cumin are crisping in the oven, the chef prepares the dal. Onions, garlic, garam masala and fresh herbs are fried. Then the lentils are added. Abu Restaurant bakes more than 450 baatis a day. Soldiers versus Poachers - Animal Protection in Nepal - Worldwide, there are only about 3200 tigers still living in the wild. Their numbers have dropped sharply in Nepal as well. Now the country is doing its best to protect its remaining tigers. Army patrols are cracking down on poachers using modern technology such as camera traps and drones to monitor stocks. Between 2005 and 2008, Nepal lost about 30 percent of its tigers, mainly through poaching to supply the demand for bones and skins in China and Tibet. Since 2009 Nepal's tiger population has grown again - by 63 percent.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 3, 2015 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 2, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
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