At the beginning of the documentary Powerless, we're told that 1.5 billion people in the world live without electricity, and that 400 million of those people live in India. The numbers are pretty staggering, especially when we take for granted all that's required for a proper power infrastructure. The population density in India becomes especially problematic given how much strain that puts on the already overtaxed grid.
These issues about access to electricity are further complicated by electricity thieves in India, who siphon power for others off existing lines. But the lives of these electricity thieves are just one facet of the broader issue that Powerless examines.
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