The India Model

Tyler Hicks / The New York Times / Redux

Crossing the divide
The emerging landscape in rural India

Those arriving in New Delhi a day early for the recent World Economic Forum India summit were greeted by a smog so dense, so noxious, that it seeped indoors, giving a brackish smell to hotel lobbies and making one wonder whether India's breakneck economic growth was going to be accompanied by the sort of pollution that made hellholes of old industrial cities such as Pittsburgh and Manchester. By the next day, thankfully, the smog had dispersed, and though that was probably because of a change in the weather, it was easy to believe that it had been blown away...

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