In the Indian state of Bihar, borderline with Nepal, around 85 % of the population lives in rural zones, without light and running water. Despite the Maoist violence and the extreme poverty, the peasants struggle to succeed in the fertile lands.
Bihar, situated in Northeast of India, is one of the most populated and poor states of the country. Is election time, and the army watches the roads. The Maoist threat to boycott the elections forces to strengthen the security.
For hours, the secondary road that unifies the frontier with the capital of the region, Patna, does not pass through any big city, and the main industries are gray stone quarries are among the rice fields.
In these villages, the men work in the rice and corn fields. The women, in addition to the agricultural, perform household chores. One of them is to collect and store the buffalo excrement. Here they appreciate the excrement, cheap and useful as fuel to cook and heat.
Patna, the capital of Bihar, finds its origin in the city of Pataliputra, founded in the V century A.C, ancient capital of the Ashoka Maurya Empire. Economically it is an island in the state, a thriving city of nearly two million inhabitants in its core urban malls abound. But modernity and economic development take time to reach the suburbs.
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