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Along The Grand Trunk Road In India, Some Luck Is Needed To Survive

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Along The Grand Trunk Road In India, Some Luck Is Needed To Survive

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Along The Grand Trunk Road In India, Some Luck Is Needed To Survive

A young boy runs past a leather factory in Kanpur, India. (Photo by Kainaz Amaria for NPR) hide caption

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A young boy runs past a leather factory in Kanpur, India. (Photo by Kainaz Amaria for NPR)

Life is not easy for many young people on the Grand Trunk Road in India.

As regular readers know, NPR correspondents are taking The Two-Way with them along the historic highway that stretches from the Bay of Bengal in the east to the Hindu Kush mountains in the west, across the Indian subcontinent. They're reporting for a Morning Edition series, which began airing this week, about life along the route. We've been getting posts from them since April 14. Click here to see all of the team's dispatches.

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, who has joined the team in Pakistan, says NPR has undertaken this project to hear from "young people along one of the world's historic highways."

On the show today, NPR's Philip Reeves told listeners about how hard life can be for many young people along the route in India, and the efforts being made to help them. As he says, "to survive and prosper requires luck" and hard work. Many of the young must drop out of school to work, some in factories that produce leather goods and other products for other countries' markets.

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Also today, NPR's Nishant Dahiya writes about the path out of poverty that schools may offer — for many, but not all.

"Last year," he reports, "UNICEF estimated that about 8 million Indian children between the ages of 6 and 14 were not in school." And many of those who do go to school attend public institutions that lack even the most basic things, such as electricity, desks, chairs, books and toilets.

Here is Philip's report, which begins with an introduction from Steve:

Along The Grand Trunk Road In India, Some Luck Is Needed To Survive

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