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Have your say: India
Village women
Country people have not been sharing in the new-found wealth

Nigel Cassidy travelled to South India to meet some of the winners and losers as globalisation takes hold.

We asked for your comments on our programme and online feature, and the issues they raised. Below is a selection of your views:

India is a nation of paradoxes. At one side it is sitting on the huge mountain of food. At the other side there is poverty.

It is a goldmine of human resources. But it is the inefficiency of the system that is making the gap between the "haves" and "have-nots".
Pratheep P

I came to Canada in 1972 but have gone back to Bharat in India a number of times since then.

Lot of things have changed during this period in Bharat.

Some people have more resources, but the number of poor is also going up.

Until rich people change their priorities towards the poor, things will remain precarious. Social unrest will continue and the rich and the politicians will have to have more security to protect their territory.

It is neither good for the poor nor for the rich.
Ranbir Kumar Ghei

Although the new government promised to improve the conditions of the rural population, it has not implemented any policy or plan.

Reduction of institutional corruption and empowerment of women through education is the best way to move forward
Mandeep Bamal
The majority of the population remains impoverished and illiterate.

How to improve the living conditions of masses is not a conundrum. Reduction of institutional corruption and empowerment of women through education is the best way to move forward.
Mandeep Bamal

This feature has captured the socio-economic divide in India so well.

The saying: "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" is so true with respect to India.

The way in which opportunity is presented to the masses needs to be re-thought.

The concept of a level playing field should be enforced in education and all other medium that improve the livelihood of the common man.

Corporate India should also give back to the community. Taxing the corporate should also be explored. If a prospering business community does not give back to society who will?

If we do not start now we may never catch up.
Anand Jambu

I appreciate the fact that educated Indians - especially the generation born in the 60s - has done so much, with a genuine love for the country.

I agree that the disparity is great between the "haves" and the "have-nots", but it is definitely a lot better than when I grew up in India.

Even in the US there is a large gap between the rural and inner cities versus the urban and suburbs.

Dwelling on negativity is easy to do. The new breed of Indians are working on it, we are making progress and we will make sure no Indian child is left behind.
Ash Kamath

I feel that without adequate investment in basic health care and education, development will not begin to benefit the poor masses of India.

You cannot blame the plight of the poor on the software professionals and entrepreneurs. They have done well for themselves, despite the bureaucracy.

Until there is a change in the mindset of people in power, the poor will remain poor
Poverty is a result of corruption. Until there is a change in the mindset of people in power, the poor will remain poor.
Rajinder Mathias

India's economic growth is just a few years old, while poverty has been there for ages.

You cannot expect everybody to become rich overnight. The trickle-down process is going to take one generation at least. It is only the pessimism of the press that makes the situation look like it is worsening.

Poverty in the rural areas, and farmer suicides have been there as long as I can remember.

I am a software engineer from a middle class family. My father was just another government employee. We used to live in a two room house, four of us, with barely room to sleep.

Now I can travel in the West, and buy a car, but I am not an exception. There are millions like me.

There are innumerable problems in India, but why blame it on globalisation? The problems have always been there.

I originate from the state of West Bengal, though at the moment I am working in the southern state of Karnataka.

West Bengal has many modern billionaires but the state still has people dying of starvation.
Buroshiva Dasgupta

My home is a small suburb outside Delhi. Every day I had to travel 40 km to work.

I am now in London on a full scholarship, so for some of us, India has given us opportunities. Our means are limited but we are all trying to do better.

The important factor is how many of us want to go back, not only to make money, but to make it better for others too.

Your article was about software professionals and some of them are indeed coming back and giving us more opportunities.

But things will really change if some of the wealthy people would join up for more changes in the smaller towns and villages, both in terms of infrastructure and education.
Shweta Sachdeva

I hail from a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, about 500km from Hyderabad.

Most of the educated and well-established people have never paid any attention to the development of rural India
Ramireddy Ravi
It is so remote that on rainy days the village is cut off from the main road and we have to walk five miles to reach the nearest place to get a bus.

This shows how India is divided into "haves and have-nots".

I pity the farming community. Most of the educated and well-established people have never paid any attention to the development of rural India.

Many say that they are not worried about the rest of the people. I wonder how rich people can enjoy their lives, when the fellow Indian is suffering for food and shelter.

If this division continues, in future the rich will have to have many security guards to safeguard their belongings. I hope such a situation does not arise.
Ramireddy Ravi

Until Indian politicians and the administration becomes more transparent, there is no way progress can take place in India.

Revenue and tax collections must be modernised to prevent tax evasion, especially by the rich. This will pay for the much needed investment in the country's infrastructure.

It is a crime to bestow poverty onto so many citizens of an independent India in 2004.
Mr K Samy Counder

I am a software professional. I hail from Trichur.

India may have been poor and uneducated for the last 50 years. But this is changing. From 1991 onwards, the policies of the government have been slowly changing for the better.

India is the world's most exciting hub for software activity
John Sebastian K
This will take some time as India is the world's largest democracy and not a dictatorship. Every individual's views is respected.

The software industry is a real boon. India is the world's most exciting hub for software activity.
John Sebastian K

In the 1930s the New Deal programme launched by President Roosevelt created a lot of infrastructure, roads, power plants and provided thousands of jobs.

I suppose we need a similar kind of project that would link every village in India to the cities.
Malolan Cadambi

A great programme on Andhra Pradesh. I wish there were other programmes which brought modern life on other continents so vividly to life. Crossing Continents is an honourable exception.
Ann Caldwell

I really cannot see how India is moving backwards. Being the second largest populated country, India has prospered quite fast.

I work for a software firm and a lot of my friends and colleagues are from the rural areas, where people might not even know what a computer is all about.

I work for a software firm and a lot of my friends and colleagues are from the rural areas
Deepti Pillai
The process is slow, but it is happening. The government has launched a series of programmes for those living below the poverty line.

It will take time for us to eradicate poverty, but some day balance will be met.

India's growth during recent years is quite commendable in itself.
Deepti Pillai

I think India is lacking the political will to distribute the fruits of globalisation to the poor.

Globalisation is good for the Indian economy only if the government can ensure that corruption is eliminated and the wealth that is being generated is distributed to the poor by developing infrastructure in rural areas and educating the masses about their rights.

The inequities in health, education, and income arising out of the current economic growth in India is of great concern.

As newer and cheaper markets become available it will be goodbye India and hello Indonesia or somewhere else
The short-term benefits of new riches through call centres and so on will not last forever. As newer and cheaper markets become available it will be goodbye India and hello Indonesia or somewhere else.

One has to ponder whether the current economic growth has led to education, health and employment being accessible and available to people from all social groups.

Only when this becomes a reality through adequate tax and social security policies similar to the Scandinavian countries rather than the neo-conservative policies of the United States can one rejoice!

I left India more than 10 years ago. We used to live in a town called Nizamabad, 150 kms away from Hyderabad.

I went back last year and I was amazed to see the poverty. It seems to be moving backwards instead of developing. At the same time, Hyderabad has gone quiet far in terms of development and technologies.
Karim Damani

The comments we publish are not necessarily the views of the BBC but will reflect the balance of views we have received. It is helpful if contributors state if they work for any organisation relevant to an issue discussed. Readers should form their own views on whether messages published represent undeclared interests, or views prompted by a common source.

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