Thursday, October 27, 2011

Still in darkness


When you look down on India from space at night, you find large areas in total darkness. If those areas represented forests or wilderness, it would be reason to celebrate, but most of them are as densely populated as the rest of the country- they just happen to be in darkness.

Sadder still, as this composite picture shows, there are parts of the country which had illumination in 1998, but had lost it by 2003- not coincidentally, those are areas with high insurgency movement.

Can a country call itself “Developed” if it struggles to provide electricity for all its citizens?
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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Image from - Science Photo Gallery

2 comments:

LTM said...

wow. What a gorgeous picture, and then reading your story, what a frightening reality. It's hard to imagine densely populated areas in the dark. I'd answer you question "not really." :o\

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - Your picture shows so starkly what the reality is for far, far too many people. Too many times, I think, the needs of ordinary citizens are sacrificed for political goals...

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