At first glance, the scene is just one of countless images of India’s contrasts. A child walks naked down a dusty street near a group of huts with corrugated iron roofs, a family sits there in a way that doesn’t look like enjoying the free time, but rather wasting time that could be used differently, while modern high-rise towers of more than 20 floors stand in the background. Yet, the situation in this territory transcends the local issue of inequality — a struggle with a global implication is underway here.
Shantytowns and high-rise blocks tower above in the area between the airport and the center of Bangalore. The city is the most booming technological center of a country that is struggling to take full advantage of the West’s eagerness to reduce its dependence on Chinese manufacturing by pushing for new production hubs in other countries and new supply chains.