BUDHPURA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Amid the ancient forts and stunning palaces of Rajasthan is a less alluring sight: hundreds of workers in stone quarries, many dying of silicosis from cutting and polishing the sandstone tiles that adorn gardens and patios here and abroad.

Much of the sandstone used in kitchen counter tops and as cobblestones comes from the state’s Kota and Bundi districts, where workers toil under extreme conditions, with hardly any protective gear and for very little money. Read more