“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.” - Keith Bellows, National Geographic
photos for the laia foundation by pep avila in vedanthanga, a village in the indian state of tamil nadu, where most residents are dalits, or those who are traditionally regarded in the caste system as untouchables.
though ‘untouchability’ is barred in india’s constitution, dalits (which translates as broken or crushed) remain an ostracized community in vedanthanga, prevented from owning land and forced to work jobs other castes see as beneath them.
the laia foundation, founded after the 2004 tsunami, works with the dalits of vedanthanga, contributing to their social and economic development through educational, health and women’s empowerment projects.
Nigeria GDP Rebased To $510Billion – A Reflection And Need To Redistribute Wealth
By Tony Ishiekwene
“Rebasing the GDP provides more accurate data on the economy to enable policy-makers to make informed decisions and policy choices to tackle social problems like poverty and unemployment. Nigeria’s rebased GDP is expected to be a more accurate reflection of the structure and size of current economic activities in the country, presenting a clearer sectoral distribution and performance.” ——- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Hurray at last it is official: Nigeria’s economy is the biggest in Africa and the 26th largest in the whole world. At GDP level of over $500Billion for the year ending 31st December, 2013, Nigeria’s GDP has leap frogged that of the two rival contenders in the African continent, Egypt and South Africa, with the later the undisputed champion for many years until this rebasing, which to be very candid, is fairly more reflective of the current size and composition of the Nigerian economy.