The global laggard

Print edition : September 19, 2014

Slum dwellers on the banks of the Cooum river in Chennai. Nearly two-thirds of the estimated billion people globally who have to rely on open defecation reside in India. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Promoting gender equality and empowering women remain a distant dream in most regions. Here, a lineswoman of the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company at work. Photo: ISHAAN RAGHUNANDAN

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