Thus Spake The Ragpicker

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For some, the economy of waste is an opportunity. For others, a nightmare. What's broken about the waste economy?

When we tried to conduct interviews of the rag-pickers at the Jawahar Nagar landfill in Hyderabad, we were met with cynicism.

Every month, around 15 or so reporters or foreigners come here and take our interviews and photographs. I’ve been here for 20 years, and nothing has changed. If we fall sick, nobody even helps us. We have to put our own money on the line. What’s the point of speaking to you?

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