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The Language of Progress & Assertion of Self-Dignity | Photographer: Sanjit Das

The Language of Progress & Assertion of Self-Dignity | Photographer: Sanjit Das | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"THE LANGUAGE OF PROGRESS AND ASSERTION OF SELF-DIGNITY : Of land and its people in the quagmire of National progress. Orissa, India

These are complex times, when change is a mantra of development, progress and success derive skewed meaning; times where compatible and indispensable are a social dialectic; goals are material, aspiration and hope are apportioned in tangibles. Set in these changing times of liberalization and privatization, major players in mineral processing industries are coming forth to invest in the mineral rich state of Orissa, in the south east of India.

One of the ramifications as a result is a large involuntary displacement of the resident population of marginalized sections, some of them tribals, who’ve lived in these forests for centuries. However, there is stiff resistance by some farmers against the proposed displacement. These movements have experienced severe restraining methods and the state's brutal suppression, as in the case of TATA at Kalinganagar, Vedanta at Lanjigarh and POSCO at Jagatsinghpur.(...)- Sanjit Das

 

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Sanjit Das is a documentary photographer represented by Panos Pictures, who works throughout the world for editorial, development and corporate clients. He lives lives between India and Malaysia.

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Datuk Chachar: Penetrating the Surface of a Subject | Photographer: Michael Yamashita

Datuk Chachar: Penetrating the Surface of a Subject | Photographer: Michael Yamashita | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

When my teenaged daughter asked me if I had any pictures of Hindu practices that she could take to her next yoga class, I was taken off-guard.  Though I have plenty of frames of yogis and aesthetes, naked sadhus and countless celebrations in honor of deities, the first Hindu tradition that came to mind is the Datuk Chachar in Malacca.  This particular celebration is about as far away from the soft flute playing, incense burning, tree-posing of my daughter’s class as you can get, definitely not for the faint of heart or stomach.

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