blood, sweat and fears

  • Photographer
    sankar sridhar
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company/Studio
  • Date of Photograph
    2014 - 2015

As global companies descend on India to take advantage of cheap labour and high skill, the country has been swept up in frenzy of visible progress -- high-rises and shiny office buildings sprouting in small towns, and the already bustling metros expanding ever further. But this development comes at a terrible human cost. India's brick industry, which contributes an estimated five billion dollars, remains a dead-end job for labourers who migrate from the country’s impoverished states. Worse, as many NGOs have claimed, these kilns exhibit a modern day slavery that sees the workers – men, women and young children -- put in as many as sixteen hours of work every day for six months, with no medical help, nor the option to leave. The workers earn only about a little more than a dollar each day. While the NGOs crying foul have been able to draw the attention of the government to the plight of the workers – on account of which laws have been passed – little, if anything has changed on the ground.

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