Only very recently has the economic boom of India begun to reach its citizens in rural areas who suffer some of the worst poverty conditions in the world and need such progress the most. Over three-fourths of India’s poor live in rural areas, with a majority of this population working as daily agricultural laborers for less than a dollar a day. The introduction of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in 2005, which guarantees rural citizens 100 days of paid public work began the first large government support system of the rural poor. But when water is often a several mile journey, health care is a full day’s walk, and agricultural yield has steadily fallen due to global warming, this transformation of rural India into civil society is not only a long journey, but the clashes between public and private interests are surfacing quickly. Hura documents life in a small region in central India called Pati which is not only experiencing the forementioned changes but where the people have been fighting for their rights.
SOHRAB HURA was trained as an economist at Delhi University and the Delhi School of Economics. In his photographic work Hura exposes the human dimension of economic movements, such as in The Women’s Role in the Movement for the Right to Employment (2006), but he also makes personal documents as in his series Life Is Elsewhere (2008), a deeply intimate exploration of his relationship with his mother. Hura lives and works in New Delhi.