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October 7, 2012

This is the Assi Ghat in Varanasi. It is one of the largest ghats, and has been mentioned in several pieces of early Hindu literature. It is considered one of the more holy and popular ghats. For this reason, many pilgrims come here to take their holy dip in the Ganges. The space accommodates these pilgrims with a very wide staircase leading down, and much empty space on the river's side.

The ghats were built in Varanasi over the two millenia following 800 BCE. (more...)

tags: Development, Neighborhood Development, Private Development, Varanasi, Rituals, Culture and Religion, Religious movements/communities, Ganga Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Rice fields at Navdanya
October 7, 2012

This is one of the rice fields at Navdanya farm. The food is all grown organically. Navdanya dries many of their crops when they are ready; they then pick out the seeds, and store those seeds in their seed bank. These seeds are then distributed to farmers in order to encourage them to grow organically.

tags: Environment, Development, Food Security, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, NGO Development

location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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DSCN1105
October 7, 2012

This tree was socially constructed in the Bhagavata Purana, which tells the story of a time when Krishna steals the clothes of the Gopis as they bathe in the river. In order to get their clothes back, the Gopis must come uncovered and unashamed to Krishna, who is waiting for them in a tree.

The story was physically placed in Vrindavan by the Vaisnava reformers at the beginning of the 16th century, who decided that this tree was the one described in the Bhagavata Purana. (more...)

tags: Development, Neighborhood Development, Rituals, Culture and Religion, Religious movements/communities

location: Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Researching weaver's Identity in Banaras; weaver's home
October 7, 2012

This is the home of one of the weavers I interviewed. I came here because I knew that it was the home of a weaver who has been sending his child to Nirman, and my research was looking at how education might affect a child's relationship to the weaving identity. It is a work and trade space. The home shows the living conditions and poverty that many artisans in Banaras reside. (more...)

tags: Education, Development, Social Development, Poverty/Wealth, Social Issues/Civil Society

location: Madanpura, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Researching weaver's Identity in Banaras; handlooms
October 7, 2012

This picture shows the hand looms in a weaver's home. It is a work and trade space. The visual complexity in the hand loom helps to indicate the skill involved in weaving. The weaver I interviewed here told me he intimately knew how the machine works. He can take it apart and put it back together again all by himself. He said that weaving schools that have popped up in Banaras do not provide this level of knowledge; it is something you learn from generations of accumulated expertise. (more...)

tags: Education, Development, Social Development, Poverty/Wealth, Social Issues/Civil Society

location: Madanpura, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching weaver's Identity in Banaras; work versus school
October 7, 2012

The first weaver I talked to showed me this place. It is a work and trade space--a place with numerous hand looms, all occupied by young adults or older children. This weaver was the one who first got me interested in the family and educational aspects of weaving. He talked about how he learned weaving, and how many learn weaving from their fathers. He also said that he sent his child to Nirman because he wanted him to be a doctor and to earn a lot of money. (more...)

tags: Education, Development, Social Development, Poverty/Wealth, Social Issues/Civil Society

location: Madanpura, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching weaver's Identity in Banaras; silk market corridors
October 7, 2012

This picture shows a work and trade space. This is where wholesale marketing of silk takes place. This was an important place for me to go in my research because it helped me to see what identities might be imposed on the weavers by others (and how many of these stereotypes the weaver might adopt as part of their personal view of their identity). (more...)

tags: Development, Social Development, Private Development, Poverty/Wealth, Financial Development, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Chowk, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching weaver's Identity in Banaras; the neighboring artisan community
October 7, 2012

This is a work and trade space. I wanted to explore the artisan community surrounding the weaver I interviewed in order to place him in a larger context. The neighborhood helped to show me the poverty many of the artisans of Banaras live in. The wood workers shown here were working at night--many of the artisans work very long hours in order to make a small amount of money. The neighborhood also taught me about the artist's working space. (more...)

tags: Poverty/Wealth, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Hampi
October 7, 2012

Is preservation or reconstruction a better way to represent this statue? There is what the statue looked like during the height of the Vijayanagara Empire, and there is what the statue looked like after the Muslims razed the city. The group in charge of presenting Hampi must deliberate and take action on this question. What they chose to do was reconstruct parts of it. They reconstructed the mouth and face of the statue, as well as repositioned its legs. (more...)

tags: Politics, Development, NGO Development, Social Issues/Civil Society, Mughal Empire, Historic Delhi

location: Hampi, Karnataka, India

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