#IndiaWeWant Photo Contest: Shortlisted Entries

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The World Bank in India ran the #IndiaWeWant photo competition through our Facebook and Twitter channels, where we invited participants to share photographs capturing the key development priority for India. The #IndiaWeWant photo competition was open for a month and we have received many compelling entries. 

Now it is time for us to choose our winners.  

We asked a jury of three members comprising professional and development photographers -- Michael Foley, Anirban Dutta, Anupam Joshi-- to come together and do the honours.

Here are the #IndiaWeWant entries that have made it to the longlist.  They will be deliberating over these soon and selecting the WINNER as well as the 9 others, as stated in the rules.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below and if one of your entries has been selected then please do send us an email (indiadialogue@worldbank.org) with the actual photograph and your details (Name, Phone Number).

Banking on women’s empowerment for a sustainable and stronger India 
The global efforts for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals could be accelerated by synergising women's empowerment with environmental conservation. 
Since past 32 years, Barli Development Institute for Rural Women (BDIRW) has been empowering rural and tribal women through organising free 6-monthly residential training program covering literacy, organic-farming, solar-cooking, health and tailoring&cutting. More than 8200 women have been empowered, who are changing the sustainable development horizons of their families and tribal communities ( www.barli.org#IndiaWeWant 
In Picture: The women-trainees from Alirajpur (Dhauli, Rita, Angita, Karmi) planting trees in BDIRW campus (Indore, India) 
Photo credit: Yogesh Jadhav
For India, developing priority should be the education of girls in rural areas. They enrolled in school in beginning but they are not able to make it till the end, either they are forced to marry at the age of 10 or 13. In future, they are illiterate mothers who cannot read and write properly and also they become a victim of domestic violence as they are unaware about their rights.  #IndiaWeWant
Photo Credit: Neha Rawat
To me, development is more than improvement in nation's GDP. It must be conceived as a multidimensional process, involving changes in the entire spectrum through which human capabilities are expanded, like education, healthcare, social participation or the freedom to make choices. The primary objective of development is to benefit people and improve the quality of life, which can only be achieved if all marginalised and excluded groups are equal stakeholders in the process alongwith active involvement in the planning, execution and monitoring of development programs.
The couple below selling lights which are battery operated but thankfully their smiles are not. #IndiaWeWant
Photo Credit: Maneka Naren Yadav‎


Women in India have silently provided resolute strength in all walks of society. Educating children, especially the girls to build human capital is important for sustainable growth. Educated and employable youth will enhance India’s diverse demographic dividend and narrow down the gender and class disparities.  #IndiaWeWant
Photo Credit: Vineet Chopra
Education brings a smile on a kid's face, brightens his future and one day his knowledge will be a helping hand for the society and country. We need to educate more kids so we have more helping hands to make India powerful one day.
Photo Credit: Himanshu Rawat
What India needs to be truly empowered, is Inclusiveness. We have witnessed educated people support polarisation, shying away from participation, women are being raped everyday. All of this cannot be addressed by education alone but by changing mindsets through inclusive models. This transwoman trying hard to get herself and others like her to get a job where she will be treated with dignity. It is an everyday battle. Gender disparities, patriarchy, religion & caste politics present some of the gravest hurdles. If we as a nation can rise above these frameworks and become more accepting, India will surely surge ahead.  #IndiaWeWant
Photo Credit: Shuchi Kapoor‎
Sneak peek! It's not just a mere reflection of a bird; it's a reflection of what mankind has done to the environment, jeopardizing the beauty of our country's flora-fauna and also the future generations' access to fresh water bodies. Together, let's all come forward and do our bit against pollution of rivers and other water bodies, and pledge for preventing its degradation for a better tomorrow, for India's bright future and sustainable development.  #IndiaWeWant
In picture: A black winged stilt looking around, hoping to see pollution free living habitat.
River: Yamuna, Delhi  | Location: Yamuna Ghat, Delhi
Photo Credit: Dheeraj Ubhayakar‎ 
“Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation.” 
We are living in a country where most of the women have faced gender based discrimination in one way or the other. Out of the 635 million women in India, more than 200 million still can’t read or write at all. An educated mother raises educated, healthy children who will contribute to India's demographic dividend.
The  #IndiaWeWant is one where children of the most marginalized families are educated, where the mothers of tomorrow raise youth that become the pillars of a prosperous nation.
Photo Credit: Sanchit Malhotra‎
Women in distress - Women continue to play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water irrespective of the challenge, but it has seldom been reflected in institutional arrangements for the development and management of water resources. Acceptance and implementation of this guiding principle of the Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development, requires open platforms and positive policies to discuss and address women’s specific needs and to equip and empower women to participate at all levels in water resources programmes, including decision-making and implementation, in ways defined by them. #IndiaWeWant
Photo Credit: Eklavya Prasad‎
While enhancing access to education has been at the core of educational policies, both the quality of education and the continuous dropout rates amongst adolescents have been a challenging reality. The ASER report shows the dismal state of even foundational reading and arithmetic skills in India. The country's future depends on the foundations we set today. Education is quintessential to countering social and economic inequalities. Even so, India spends less than 4% of its GDP on education. #IndiaWeWant must focus on reducing the rates of dropouts and increasing the quality of primary education in both rural and urban schools.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Kishan‎
Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy, women play a vital role in building this economy. 
The  #IndiaWeWant should recognize key development in agriculture and especially women in agricultural development and their vital contribution in the field of agriculture, food security, horticulture, processing, nutrition, sericulture, fisheries, and other allied sectors and also provide rural women programs and educational support and income-generation schemes to bring rural women into the market economy.
Photo Credit: Vidhyaa Kris‎
Investments in building and strengthening the rural infrastructure and services shall retain workforce at their points of origin and enable them to build their livelihood within their community and ensure uniform prosperity given the demographic diversity.  #IndiaWeWant
Photo Credit: Vineet Chopra
Gulbi Bai is one of the lucky few from the Korku tribe who was able to finish school. The lack of higher education infrastructure soon impeded her quest for knowledge. Despite that, she sought opportunities to learn by volunteering with a local grassroots organization to start her own daycare centre for children under-five.
The  #IndiaWeWant should recognize and encourage these marginalized tribal communities to seek their rights. Development should be inclusive, especially for people like Gulbi, who even now, do not have access to the most basic facilities and rights - be it land, health, food, water, education or transportation.
Photo Credit: Arvind Caulagi‎
The country is best defined by the infrastructure and connectivity that it provides to its common folk. The #indiawewant needs improved transportation and connectivity. We are far behind a lot of countries when it comes to having efficient transportation systems which is comparable to the population that we carry. A big reform in terms of uplifting the existing infrastructure is needed where we need improvement from the ground up.
Hope we can achieve that going beyond our qualms between religions and political agendas.
Photo Credit: Amol Kamath‎
Transformation through Resilience Centric Development  #IndiaWeWant.Worlds 7th largest country by geoigraphical area and second most populous with estimated 1.35 billion, India stood at 21.34% forest coverage is much below the average compairing other developed countries. Development is inevitable; in 2017 India's real GDP growth was at 6.72% projected to attain 8.16% by 2022. With the increasing risks of climate change to development including extreme heat, changing rainfall patterns, droughts, agriculture and food security, energy and water security, building resilience among the forest dwelling communities through transformative changes, acquiring green skills and sustainable management of forestry resources would meticulously contribute to India’s development in many folds.
Photo Credit: Sanjib Sarangi‎
Today, the country promises to double every farmer's income. The production has been on the rise but so has distress and farmer suicides. Marketing the produce has been a major issue and the farmers are unable to get the price they want for their output. 
Livestock development can contribute greatly in increasing farmers' income and diversifying the source of farm and non farm income. Small ruminants like goats are like moving banks for the resource poor farmers and development of which has huge potential in contributing in income growth. Photo clicked in Banswara, Rajasthan in March 2018.
Photo Credit: Pratyoosh Kashyap‎
Ek Chhota Sa Ghar
In India, Thousand of people dont have their basic need so called Home (One element from ROTI KAPDA OR MAKAN). where the small kid found his own Carbide Free Home(in this picture). I Wish every single family in India can own their home. I wish individual can b able to own their own home.  #Indiawewant
Photo Credit: Vismay Jagad‎
#indiawewant  Rural electrification drives have been going on in India for a number of years but has yet to cover large ground for completing electrification in the country. A large part of rural India continues to live without electricity or enough to light a small lightbulb for a few hours. A lot of work still needs to be done to light up the country home to the festival of lights.
Photograph from Muzaffarpur, Bihar in June 2016.
Photo Credit: Pratyoosh Kashyap
In a society where we see so much development like skyscrapers, mobile phones, Artificial intelligence, high speed transit system, we have overlooked the condition of rivers. We want everything to be holy and pure yet we continue the practice contamination to its core.
We as humans have not been able to detach ourselves from our radical roots. In process of advancement we forgot the concept of sustainability i.e. how we treat our rivers, dispose our waste which is now a major issue throughout the country.
These pictures were taken near Kalindi Kunj,Yamuna River,Delhi during Chaiti chhath puja.Devotees were standing in the sea of chemically hazardous froth to pay homage to the sun god.
For becoming a prosperous nation we should look to revitalise the rivers and detach ourselves from our radical roots by educating the society.  #IndiaWeWant
Photo Credit: Satish Singh
India has already made striking gains against extreme poverty, but the harsh reality is that 680 million of its citizens live with various forms of deprivation. If the country’s recent economic slowdown continues, it is likely that some 470 million of them would remain below the Empowerment Line in 2022, and 12 percent of the population could remain trapped in extreme poverty. But if the new government adopts an ambitious reform agenda and focuses on execution and results, India could be poised to take a historic step forward in its economic and human development — one that not only eradicates extreme poverty but also delivers better living standards to more half a billion people. #IndiaWeWant  #ChangeWeNeed
Photo Credit: Rishika Ranka‎
As we can see in the picture the vent for water is only one but more children are there to drink. Eaxct situation is with the country, everywhere and with everybody. We don't lack resources we lack even distribution and at a very ground level. Product is always less than consumption. First we have to ensure that each and every member of the country should have access to atleast Basic Resources, than only we can move further.
Let's start with these kids,start from ground level. Let's quench their souls by giving them education,food and Shelter.
Photo Credit: Kunal Raj
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