Saturday, March 14, 2015
This evening I was invited by my friends at the Catholic Sabha and my godfather Fr Juan to come and join them at Bandra SV Road .. to take part in the human chain 6pm to 6.15 pm.. This chain began at Churchgate till Dahisar and Thane I shot the Bandra segment .
And I have always stood by the Christian community during their silent protest for the Demolitions of Crosses and Shrines and its time we stand united against oppression..and the oppressed are always the minorities .
The desecration of Churches in Delhi , the insulting remarks against Mother Theresa the Beef Ban without giving time to the butchers to get rid of their stocks or getting them alternative employment and here my heart goes out to the poor daily wage worker the butcher at the Beef Shops .
then they came for the Jews, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew... When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller
(14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984)
Some Jesus Quotes On Oppression
Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame injustice by statute?
Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause."
When I come back from my walks I say Hi to Catherine , chat with her for sometime and take her pictures on my mobile phone .
There is something about her face , her loneliness and her love for her cats that touches me as a photographer and as a poet .
And I used to see her earlier too but I hardly talked to her , but the walks have changed me I talk to people find out what makes them tick..
Once when Catherine was in good health she fed the stray cats at Bandra Bazar Road ,now bed ridden unable to walk she sits on this chair and watches the world from afar .
She sleeps outside her house on the chair instead of the comforts of her bed in her house , she does not get sleep in the house she tells me.
And do people in Mumbai care for the aged , I dont think so Mumbaikars are far too selfish by nature , they hate complications stay away from people ..I can imagine her joy if someone bought her a hot soup,,,someone from her building but her closest neighbor is a washing woman dhobis.
I give her food for her cats that I used to pick up from the beef market as the fish market opens pretty late ...now the beef market has shutdown completely because of the Beef Ban and it is tragic to see the doomed faces of the jobless day workers that sit here hoping against hope.
And than I wonder what would happen to the more bustling chicken market or the mutton market or even the Kolis at the Fish market if there was a total ban on eating non vegetarian,
Perhaps than only would the mutton market and chicken market fish market understand the pain of the beef butcher .
He has lost his only means of survival, most of the daily wage workers are uneducated , unskilled and the beef market was their enduring strength.
The food stall guy near the Sunni Mosque at Bazar Road one made kheema with puris now he uses gravy some peas and potatoes to make his dish bereft of beef , this was the daily breakfast of the ricksha drivers mostly migrants from North India who dont have a house but make do living out of their riicksha.
He is searching for food among the plates thrown in the garbage at Bandra Bazar Road and hunger can make a man into an animal..he had hidden his face as he ate the left overs .. and the ragpicker even this guy is a drugaddict , I had shot him at Bandra Reclamation he is a migrant from Odisha.
Of late I have been shooting garbage sites as art form and the ragpickers the foot soldiers of Modijis Swach Bharat and perhaps they do a better job in keeping our Bandra clean than Bandra Municipality ...whatever there shortcomings or their habits ,they scavenge the garbage sites and the dirty street corners of Bandra .
shed tears on the soul
of the Indian butcher
now made a jobless
man-politics is about
vote bank appeasing
the Hindus at the cost
of the Muslim man..
surely this was not part
of progress development
plan..5 years jail Rs 10000
fine for eating beef ,,,from
the fire into the saucepan
Courtesy Jyoti A Deka Guwahati
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