A girl begs in amongst the cars on a busy street in Mumbai, India
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Poverty remains a huge challenge for the Indian government

The Indian economy has slowed down sharply over the three months to the end of September.

The annualised rate is now 6.9%, the slowest rate in two years. The slowdown is being blamed on a sharp rise in interest rates and the central bank has raised the cost of borrowing 13 times in 18 months.

India remains one of the world's fastest growing economies, even though growth is still elusive for many tens of millions. This means poverty remains a huge challenge for the government.

The BBC's Supriya Menon analyses the disparity between two very different India's.

  • 30 Nov 2011
  • From the section India