In India, the schisms of race and religion, poverty and wealth, cleave the countryside and the cities. For many, coping is a struggle. Identity and heritage are sacred. These are portraits of ordinary people in India who strive for opportunities to better themselves and their communities. And the story of an American descendant of Indians who faces misunderstanding bred of ignorance.


In America (Indian-Americans):
• Population: 1.6 million
• Median age: 30.3
• Married: 67 percent
• Average household size: 3.06
• Median family income: $70,708
• Poverty rate: 9.8 percent

SOURCES: U.S. Census 2000, CIA World Factbook 2002, 2005 and 2006, United Nations Human Development Index 2005, National Population Commission (India)
In India:
• Population: 1.110 billion
• Median age: 24.9 years
• Literacy rate: 61 percent of population over 15 can read and write
• GDP per capita: $3,139
• Population below poverty line: 25 percent
• Unemployment rate: 7.8 percent

United Nations Human Development Index (2006) (The index combines measures of life expectancy, school enrollment, literacy and income): 126th of 177 countries.


UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism:
• Stories by Peter Alsop, Jenn Buck, Kate Golden and Chad Heeter
• Digital TV and the World Instructors: Christopher Beaver and Todd Carrel
• India Reporting Project Instructors: Lydia Chavez, Parvathi Menon, Olga Tellis and Carolyn Wakeman
• Technical Advisor: Milt Wallace

Special support for Digital TV and the World coverage in India was provided by gifts from The Chatterjee Charitable Foundation.

The Center for Digital TV and the World, a project of the Tides Center in San Francisco, is supported by gifts from the Skirball Foundation. The Digital TV and the World special project is directed by Todd Carrel and supported by gifts from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The Broadcast and Professional Systems Division of Sony Electronics, Inc., Apple, and the Graduate School of Journalism.

Special thanks to Dean Orville Schell, Roy Baril, Paul Grabowicz, Rob Gunnison, Sandy Tolan, Carolyn Wakeman of the Graduate School of Journalism.
• Design and Video Production by Brian Aguilar

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