blood, sweat and fears

Photographersankar sridhar
PrizeHonorable Mention
Companynone
City/Countryhowrah, India
Photo Date2014 - 2015
Story

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.

Story

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.