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JAN 10, 2013 - The Economist

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India’s winter: Numbed bones, choked lungs

No match for the cold WE’RE burning clothes”, Reshma Begum says, as she prods a fire of rags. She lives beneath a flyover, by a chaotic road junction in Old Delhi. The youngest of her family of seven is obviously malnourished; he says he is four but he looks half that age. Ms Reshma says they have occupied this spot, behind a stall selling garlands of marigolds, ever since she was abandoned by her parents 17 years ago.This year, along with the usual worries over hunger, predatory violence, alcohol and drug abuse, she frets about the weather. “It’s so cold, I don’t know how to survive,” she ... Read More

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