Widening gap

Print edition : January 19, 2018

A pavement dweller in Coimbatore. Inequalities in society are worsening as the rich get richer and the poor remain trapped in poverty. Photo: K. ANANTHAN

A family with its meagre belongings at a bus stand in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Photo: V. RAJU

A worker waits for marble slabs to be unloaded from his truck at the entrance of the 27-storey Antilia, the newly built residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai on October 19, 2010. Photo: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP

The latest World Inequality Report underscores the importance of economic policy in addressing the gulf between the haves and the have-nots, especially in developing countries like India where the top 10 per cent of earners account for 55 per cent of the national income.
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