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The Guardian: From New Delhi to Westminster, governments are cavalier about the poor


The BBC’s Welcome to India is remarkable television: a series about how a few of the world’s most impoverished people live in two of its largest cities. It is a subject that the channels take in turn to do each year, when moderately well-known (but, y’know, accessible) names are despatched to a slum to meet residents and do a little emoting and a lot of moralising on camera… Jaideep Prabhu is an expert in innovation now at Cambridge, but born and schooled in India. For most of his career, he was taught that innovation was something that westerners did; then about 10 years ago, he discovered that poor Indians also did innovation…”

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