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The Reality of India’s Labourers

The labour sector of the Indian economy consists of roughly 487 million workers, the second largest after China, and of these over 94 percent work in unincorporated, unorganised enterprises ranging from pushcart vendors to home-based diamond and gem polishing operations.

The Reality of India’s Labourers
An Indian resident sits outside a warehouse at a spice market in the old quarters of New Delhi on September 15, 2014. The labour sector of the Indian economy consists of roughly 487 million workers, the second largest after China, and of these over 94 percent work in unincorporated, unorganised enterprises ranging from pushcart vendors to home-based diamond and gem polishing operations. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Reality of India’s Labourers
An Indian labourer waits outside a shop at a spice market in the old quarters of New Delhi on September 15, 2014. The labour sector of the Indian economy consists of roughly 487 million workers, the second largest after China, and of these over 94 percent work in unincorporated, unorganised enterprises ranging from pushcart vendors to home-based diamond and gem polishing operations. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Reality of India’s Labourers
Indian labourers carry cases of goods at a spice market in the old quarters of New Delhi on September 15, 2014. The labour sector of the Indian economy consists of roughly 487 million workers, the second largest after China, and of these over 94 percent work in unincorporated, unorganised enterprises ranging from pushcart vendors to home-based diamond and gem polishing operations. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Reality of India’s Labourers
An Indian labourer carries a sack of spices at a spice market in the old quarters of New Delhi on September 15, 2014. The labour sector of the Indian economy consists of roughly 487 million workers, the second largest after China, and of these over 94 percent work in unincorporated, unorganised enterprises ranging from pushcart vendors to home-based diamond and gem polishing operations. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Reality of India’s Labourers
Indian key maker Pawan crafts a duplicate key at a roadside stall in Amritsar on August 31, 2014. Pawan earns 200-300 INR (3.30-4.95 USD) per day. India's wholesale price inflation hit a five-month low in July, data showed August 14, 2014, but steep retail price growth means the central bank is unlikely to cut benchmark interest rates soon. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Reality of India’s Labourers
Indian labourers work at a construction site in New Delhi on March 9, 2014. India's economy grew by a sluggish 4.7 percent in the last quarter of 2013, data showed in February, marking more bad news for the ruling Congress party ahead of looming elections. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Reality of India’s Labourers
An Indian labourer rides his tricycle with a child in the back on his way to work in New Delhi on January 18, 2014. India's industrial output shrank by an unexpected 2.1 percent in November and its trade gap widened, official data showed on January 10, dealing a fresh blow to government hopes of an economic upturn ahead of elections (AFP/Getty Images)
The Reality of India’s Labourers
Indian daily labourers take a break at the end of the day as they sit on a hand cart in the Old Quarters of New Delhi on July 27, 2013. India is facing a host of economic problems that the embattled Congress-led government is keen to address before facing voters in a general election that must be held by May 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)