A Revolution That Awakened India

5 April 2011 is the date when one of the historic event happened in India. The day when the war against corruption actually started as the Jan lokpal Movement also known as Anti-Corruption Movement. It gained momentum and got spread like a virus in the entire country. People left offices, businesses and even their job to fight against corruption in untidily. Anna mania was all over in the peoples mind and hearts. They got their second mahatma as a leader to fight the battle against corruption. The youth of the country was energized by watching the 74-year-old man’s energy to fight a legal war against corruption. Anna and his team had gained the confidence of the entire nation in the process of getting a strong Lokpal.Team Anna as they were called stood as strong as the root of the tree, which did not shake from any government strategy and made a very strongest alliance. Team Anna has influenced not only the urban India but also the rural parts. People related it very emotionally and held high hopes for justice against corruption.

Social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter created a buzz with pro-Hazare cries and entreating people to join the anti-corruption crusade. It was first time in history of India that a movement got such a huge support for all over India. People from every class, religion and color came together to protest against corruption on streets of India. Be it media or an artists every one outburst their anger in their own forms that lead to a remarkable movement in history of India.

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The Oldest Wrestling School of India-Guru Hanuman Akhara

Guru Hanuman Akhara that comes under Wrestling Federation of India was established in 1925 and is the epicenter of the ancient wrestling tradition in India. It is the oldest akhara existing in India till now located at Shakti Nagar in New Delhi that has produced National and International wrestlers for India.

Guru Hanuman Akhara has produced wrestlers like Dara Singh, Guru Satpal, Sushil Kumar, Yogendra Kumar, Anuj Chowdhary, Rajiv Tomer, Anil Mann, Sujit Mann, Naveen, Rakesh Goonga and many others.
The club was named after the legendary Indian wrestler, Guru Hanuman, who was born in Chidwa village in 1901 in Western Rajasthan. Hanuman was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours and he was the recipient of the Shree Dronacharya Award, a prize named after the mythical sage warrior which is reserved for sports coaches. Hanuman died in a car accident at Partapur,Meerut in 1999.

More than 100 boys are enrolled and some are outstation students coming from different states of India that live in the akhara.The boys have been divided into teams and each team is given the responsibility of cleaning, cooking, washing, and other jobs. Once the boys get over with their wrestling exercises, they have to do rest of the household chores.

Two of Hanuman’s disciples won gold medals at the Asian Games in 1982 and 1986.Wrestlers of Guru Hanuman Akhara has given many awards to the nations such as 16 Arjuna Awards,3 Padma Shri and 5 Dronacharya Awards.

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A wrestling match played on mud at Guru Hanuman Akhara in New Delhi.

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A wrestlers is seen from the exercise machines at Guru Hanuman akhara.

Wrestler practising on mat at Guru Hanuman Akhara in New Delhi.

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A wrestler is seen from the window at Guru Hanuman akhara in New Delhi.

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A wrestler in between the talk with another wrestler at Guru Hanuman akhara.

Wrestlers sleeping and resting on the mat at Guru Hanuman Akahara in New Delhi.

The World Most Famous Muslims Urs Festival 2013 in India

The 801st annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, commemorating the death anniversary of the Sufi saint .It is an annual festival held at Ajmer, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan with the sighting of the moon. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Lakhs of devotees and pilgrims arrive from all over India and abroad visit to celebrate the festival at the sacred shrine of Ajmer Sharif. It is held over six days, commencing with the hoisting of a flag on the tomb by the Sajdanashin (successor-representative) of the Chishtia order and night-long sufi qawwali(spiritual songs) singing. Over the days which follow, the tomb is ritually anointed with rose water and sandal wood paste, qawwalis are sung and poetry recited in praise of the Almighty. Prayers are said and devotees offer nazranas or votive offerings. Outside the dargah precincts, two massive cauldrons cook sweet rice garnished with dry fruits and condiments to be served as ‘tabarukh’ or sanctified food. At the time of the Urs, a busy bazaar springs up at the foot of the dargah. Flowers, embroidered prayer rugs, prayer caps and decorative chadars(sheets) are among the many things to be found in the bazaar, apart from the usual souvenirs which make their way to fairs such as this.

Once a year Lakhs of Sufi believers from all over India come to the Dargah Shariff of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in Ajmer for the annual the festival of Urs. Sufi Kalandars performs an act of self-torture during devotion at the annual death anniversary of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. The Muslim Sufi devotees used a sharp object as a tool to show their tribute in Urs.

Vishram Sthali at Kayad in Ajmer is the temporary shelter for Urs pilgrims to visit Dargah Shariff of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti.People have gathered here from all over India in a large number to celebrate Urs festival together.Many people face the problems related to basic amenities like Water, Food and Electricity  at the site. There is a scarcity and shortage of water for bathing,cooking and drinking. People are bound to pay high amount of money to purchase daily life products.The World Most Famous Urs Festival 2013 in India

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Migrant Brick Workers and Child Labors of Rural India in Raebareli

Migration is an important feature of human civilization. It reflects, human endeavour to survive in the most testing conditions both natural and man-made.People from Bihar, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh travel far afield seeking employment at the lowest rung.

The brick kilns serve as a source of livelihood for thousands of unskilled labourers from across the country.The seasonal nature of the work attracts migrant labour, many of them landless farmers.The brick kilns workers are recruited arbitrarily by local contractors. Exploitation and complete disregard for existing labour laws is rampant in this sector. As the payment is made to the head of each family based on the number of bricks produced, it is not uncommon to find children involved in the process to maximise income.They are also involved in transporting moulds to the baking centre and in drying bricks under the sun.The work of a child is very important to flip 1000 bricks twice in a day under testing conditions.

The problem of migrant labour is huge and requires cooperation and coordination between the government and other social actors including the trade unions. NGO’s having skilled manpower and resources can provide research and background. Trade unions with their organizational structures, organizing skills can take on the employers, policy makers and governments for a better deal for migrant workers and contribute for social harmony and sustainable growth.

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Bricks made up of clay kept in Sunlight to dry.

Bricks made up of clay kept in Sunlight to dry.

A man dugs out mud to make the clay at the brick field.

A man dugs out mud to make the clay at the brick field.

A man carrying coal basket over his head at the brick field.

A man carrying coal basket over his head at the brick field.

Every brick field owner makes their symbols on every brick to represent an identity.

Every brick field owner makes their symbols on every brick to represent an identity.

The furnace transfers heat to each bricks that are fitted inside it.

The furnace transfers heat to each bricks that are fitted inside it.

Slippers worn by the brick field workers.

Slippers worn by the brick field workers.

A girl showing her hand full of clay used to make bricks.

A girl showing her hand full of clay used to make bricks.

A girl working at the brick field is seen wearing bangles in her hands.

A girl working at the brick field is seen wearing bangles in her hands.

An Indian Woman walks carrying the  stock of bricks over her head at the brick field.

An Indian Woman walks carrying the stock of bricks over her head at the brick field.

Transistors are used by the workers to listen songs in between their work.

Transistors are used by the workers to listen songs in between their work.

An Indian woman from Bihar working at the brick field in Raebareli(UP).

An Indian woman from Bihar working at the brick field in Raebareli(UP).

An emotional bond of love can be seen between the brother and sister working in the brick field.

An emotional bond of love can be seen between the brother and sister working in the brick field.

Man and Women work together at the brick field.

Man and Women work together at the brick field.

Workers brings their seeds and plants from their hometown to prepare food from it.

Workers brings their seeds and plants from their hometown to prepare food from it.

Photography by Rohit Gautam

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Maha Arrangements of Maha Kumbh 2013

The Kumbh Mela, believed to be  held every 12 years on the banks of the ‘Sangam’- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The Mela alternates between Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years. The one celebrated at the Holy Sangam in Allahabad is the largest and holiest of them.

It was a 55 day long festival that was spread over 1936.56 hectare divided in to 14 sectors. The arrangements done by the Governments were at a high level that included 99 parking lots,12461 State Police Personnel,46 PAC,40 Central Para Military Personnel,85 CCTV Camera,30 Variable Signage Board,30 Fire Stations,18 Pontoon bridges.

Data Collected from Kumbh Mela 2013-Official Website:

http://kumbhmelaallahabad.gov.in/english/kumbh_at_glance.html

Despite all these arrangements made by the Government officials people didn’t used the services provided to them and made the mela ground their home.

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Lakhs of devotee gathered at the mela ground in Maha Kumbh 2013.

Lakhs of devotee gathered at the mela ground in Maha Kumbh 2013.

Tents and Pontoon bridges were arranged for the people coming to Maha Kumbh 2013.

Tents and Pontoon bridges were arranged for the people coming to Maha Kumbh 2013.

Despite all the arrangements made by Governments people preferred to sleep and stay on road side.

Despite all the arrangements made by Governments people preferred to sleep and stay on road side.

People brought all food items from their home to cook and eat at the mela ground.

People brought all food items from their home to cook and eat at the mela ground.

There were many public toilets ,but people used their own convenient places to urinate at the mela ground.

There were many public toilets ,but people used their own convenient places to urinate at the mela ground.

All arrangements were made to maintain cleanliness at the mela ground .

All arrangements were made to maintain cleanliness at the mela ground .

People didn 't used public toilets even for call of nature.

People didn ‘t used public toilets even for call of nature.

The foreigners were the easy targets for getting the extra bucks from their pockets.

The foreigners were the easy targets for getting the extra bucks from their pockets.

Indian Army kept guarding the mela ground from the fort near the Sangam.

Indian Army kept guarding the mela ground from the fort near the Sangam.

Police and TV Journalist used the wooden tower to keep a watch on people activities.

Police and TV Journalist used the wooden tower to keep a watch on people activities.

Devotees had bath not only at the morning,but also at the night time.

Devotees had bath not only at the morning,but also at the night time.

The reflection is seen of people walking at the road to Sangam.

The reflection is seen of people walking at the road to Sangam.

Hotels outside Allahabad Railway Station were demolished by the Government.

Hotels outside Allahabad Railway Station were demolished by the Government.

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The Speaking Hand

The Speaking Hand

“Every one of us is different in some way, but for those of us who are more different, we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing they can, just differently.”

Marlee Matlin (Deaf American Actress)

They can’t hear, but you can?
They can’t speak, but you can?
But they express themselves, with beauty and grace…
Their smile spreads joy and happiness where ever they go…

They may not hear what we say but feel everything like we do. They have heart with purity and innocence.

After being there for few hours at Noida Deaf Society, I felt in love with the power of silence. A strange calmness took all over me. It was like taking a break from the noisy world to understand the true meaning of life. For them every second of life have a different expression. Expressing not in any ordinary way, It was expressing through hands, speaking and communicating through them. Love, anger, sadness, agony. It is not only the gesture of hands; it is the gesture of their souls interacting with each other.

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Dalmau-An Outer Overview of an Indian Village

Dalmau is a town and a nagar panchayat in Rae Bareli district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Dalmau is situated on the banks of Holy Ganga and is famous since ancient times. It has been the historical town of the district. Prominent palces at Dalmau are King Dal’s fort, Bara Math, Mahesh Giri Math, Nirala Memorial Institute. A well-constructed by Ebrahim Sharki, Palace of Nawab Shuza-ud-daula, Baithak of Alhaa Udal, Dalmau Pump Canal etc.It is holy place on the bank of river Ganges.The famous poet Surya Kant Tripathi ‘Nirala’ wrote poems sitting on the top of the fort built by the King DalDev.

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The ‘sleeping’ delegates

Global Buddhist Congregation held on 27 November 2011in New Delhi. It was held to celebrate the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti, the Enlightenment of Buddha. Religious, Spiritual and World leaders as well as 800 scholars, delegates and observers from 32 countries attended the congregation.

As a team of official photographer, I had opportunity to click the most amazing behind the scene shots which made those heavy moods lighter and fun.

There were many time during the congregation e were I came across our very honorable delegates taking a tiny winy naps in between the important discussions. What should it be called, a mere ignorance?

The congregation was organized to discuss about fading cultures, about religion which has been modified and adapted itself with the changing time. This congregation had made an attempt to succinct beliefs and faith of Buddhism and its growth since ages.

This blog was also published on “The Kashmir Walla” Magazine.

http://www.thekashmirwalla.com/2012/11/honorable-sleeping-delegates/

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