May 16, 2014

Hopes of a Generation Ride on Indian Vote

Ellen Barry, New York Times

The Associated Press

This is vast, churning, aspirational India. Farmers I met in the state of Andhra Pradesh were spending every last rupee they earned, or incurring terrible debts, to send their children to private schools advertised on billboards on the highway in the hopes that they would somehow end up with an office job — anything, really, other than farming. Young men were staking their hopes on software courses at fly-by-night colleges, hoping for something better than work at a call center. They all seemed poised to take a leap, but had no idea where they were leaping to.

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