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In pictures: India's middle class

July 18, 2013

A cab driver gets his eyes diagnosed at a mobile van facility provided by the multinational lens manufacturer Essilor in conjunction with the local eye hospital and an NGO. Subhash Sharma for The National
A cab driver gets his eyes diagnosed at a mobile van facility provided by the multinational lens manufacturer Essilor in conjunction with the local eye hospital and an NGO. Subhash Sharma for The National
A farmer washes his cattle at a neighborhood in Belgaum where Veolia is running a pilot project to supply tap water to slum dwellers 24 hours a day. Subhash Sharma for The National
A farmer washes his cattle at a neighborhood in Belgaum where Veolia is running a pilot project to supply tap water to slum dwellers 24 hours a day. Subhash Sharma for The National
The initiative set up by the multinational lens manufacturer Essilor allows less wealthy members of India’s society to have their eyes tested and are offered the opportunity to buy glasses at nominal rates. Subhash Sharma for The National
The initiative set up by the multinational lens manufacturer Essilor allows less wealthy members of India’s society to have their eyes tested and are offered the opportunity to buy glasses at nominal rates. Subhash Sharma for The National
The ICU pediatric ward at the Narayana Hrudalaya hospital in Bangalore where the infants are monitored and undergo recovery after undergoing heart surgeries. The hospital has pioneered the quality low-cost pediatric heart surgeries for the poor because of???
The ICU pediatric ward at the Narayana Hrudalaya hospital in Bangalore where the infants are monitored and undergo recovery after undergoing heart surgeries. The hospital has pioneered the quality low-cost pediatric heart surgeries for the poor because of???
Schneider Electric, a French energy company, has set up a philanthropic initiative in India with the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to bring cheap and efficient energy to rural villages. Subhash Sharma for The National
Schneider Electric, a French energy company, has set up a philanthropic initiative in India with the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to bring cheap and efficient energy to rural villages. Subhash Sharma for The National
A house is lighted by the solar powered In-Diya Lamp provided free by Schneider Electric, a French energy company. Subhash Sharma for The National
A house is lighted by the solar powered In-Diya Lamp provided free by Schneider Electric, a French energy company. Subhash Sharma for The National
Aarti, who works with Unilever, checks for orders on a mobile phone app specially developed by Unilever for India's bottom of pyramid market. Subhash Sharma for The National
Aarti, who works with Unilever, checks for orders on a mobile phone app specially developed  by Unilever for India's bottom of pyramid market. Subhash Sharma for The National
A villager from Hebbagodi in Bangalore carries fresh drinking water provided by Naandi Waters. Villagers get a fixed supply of bottled water every month and can choose payment plans depending on their monthly consumption. Subhash Sharma for The National
A villager from Hebbagodi in Bangalore carries fresh drinking water provided by Naandi Waters. Villagers get a fixed supply of bottled water every month and can choose payment plans depending on their monthly consumption. Subhash Sharma for The National