In this hundred and forty-eight archive story by Kristian Bertel, we see the heart-wrenching poverty in Mumbai India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Heart-wrenching photograph of a poor woman in India involving great sadness or distress. In the she state of being isolated, kept apart or withdrawn into solitude, the photographer feels a pain everytime he takes a photograph of poverty, but he also sees the importance of the photographs during the heart-wrenching times.
Heart-wrenching photograph of a poor woman in India involving great sadness or distress. In the she state of being isolated, kept apart or withdrawn into solitude, the photographer feels a pain everytime he takes a photograph of poverty, but he also sees the importance of the photographs during the heart-wrenching times.

Heart-wrenching poverty in India

Reports of hunger in Asia's third-biggest economy often give the impression that they are appalling exceptions to a principled success story. But as a traveling photographer he can prove that the opposite is the case. During the economic boom, the Indian elites did not invest in the country's future, in education and social progress.


How many people in India are poor?

80 million people out of 1.2 billion people in Indian, roughly equal to 7 percent of India's population, lives below the poverty line.


Degrading living conditions in poverty
The result are degrading living conditions in poverty which is the order of the day, especially for women and children. Exploitation, corruption, neglect and poor planning characterize everyday life. Full of sympathy for the country and the people, and at the same time full of anger at the unnecessary suffering, Kristian Bertel | Photography raises his voice: Too many people suffer from poverty needlessly. Not only the Indian elite, but also the West is partly to blame for the desperate situation. Politics, business and civil society must exert their influence on their international partners. Because India deserves our critical attention because in India the photographer is seeing poverty, discrimination, enrichment and indifference, especially women and children. India has had an amazing economic and political track record over the past 70 years.

At the same time, social inequality and great misery in the lower classes continue to prevail in the largest democracy on earth. In their brilliant analysis, the photographer is trying to get to the bottom of the causes of these contradictions. This thoroughly critical observation deals with the general economic, political and social development of India from its independence to the present day. Particular attention is paid to the role that the introduction of a democratic system played on the economy and the social fabric of the former developing country. Using numerous examples and comparisons with other countries, the authors show how neglecting social problems could ultimately have serious effects on the country's economic and political system.




"When one thinks of the social ills in India, the caste system usually comes to mind, which is often seen as one of the causes of poverty"




'Poverty' is a term because it is politically normative, emotionally charged and morally charged. The photographer is photographing the concept of poverty, takes a look at the history of poverty and conveys the theoretical foundations. He presents the main directions of poverty research, explains the common methods of measuring poverty and scrutinizes the statistical data as documented in the federal government's poverty and wealth reports. In addition to the different manifestations and the consequences of poverty for those affected and society, he is concerned with the causes and the unconvincing explanations of the media in public. Finally, it is about the fight against poverty and the question of which measures promise success and whether the unconditional basic income is a panacea.

India poses many mysteries. It is great as a tourist destination and many countries are fighting for greater influence in a country that is already beating all growth and development records. But the complexity of India is a sociey of ideas and a non-uniform religious dogma also made the procedure and research more difficult. For instance, paradoxes and contradictions are not uncommon in Hinduism and are usually accepted as given and not set aside as incorrect knowledge. This elusive logic comes to the fore again and again in India and constantly leaves unanswered questions.

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India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of an Indian woman in Mumbai. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.