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YIP Post-Training Session
October 7, 2012

One of the main components of YIP's (Young India Project) mission is to train workers of their rights under the MGNREGA which includes the right to demand work within 15 days and the right to shade, water, medical supplies, and child care. This particular photo portrays individuals from a local village post-training session. Now that they have the knowledge to sucessfully demand their rights, they are in the process of forming a union which will ensure these rights are delivered.

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

location: Andhra Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching school disciplinary measures in Banaras: Prakmikahya Vidyalay School
October 7, 2012

Pictured here, the municipal school Level 4 (on left with her daughter below) and 5 teachers were my main informants for this portion of my research. Both worked for the school for under a year and have husbands who are in government positions, which may or may not reveal something about their understanding and style of discipline.

tags: Education, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching school disciplinary measures in Banaras: Prakmikahya Vidyalay School
October 7, 2012

My first and last encounters at the local municipal school were with the Principle who graciously let me sit in on classes but said little. Working for the school for just under two years, according to the teachers, he had a very hands-off role in implementing discipline. Only if problems could not be solved in the classroom would they be introducted to the principle.

tags: Education, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching school disciplinary measures in Banaras: Prakmikahya Vidyalay School
October 7, 2012

This picture depicts the inside of the 4th and 5th standard classroom. It is dark inside as there are no lights. One blue table sit in the middle of the room and children eagerly hover around them as there are no chairs. A few books are scattered around the tables though none of them are open. The walls are littered with various posters such as the ABCs, body parts, and numbers. (more...)

tags: Education, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching school disciplinary measures in Banaras: Prakmikahya Vidyalay School
October 7, 2012

Once inside, a large unkempt area with some branches and debris is immediately visible. The lack of any sort of play structure is also instantaneously noticeable. Had there not been a couple of children running around, it would have been questionable whether or not the school was currently in use. The main building is white with green stripes on the outside, though it is not pure white and it seems it has accumulated a bit of dirt as time went on.

tags: Education, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching school disciplinary measures in Banaras: Prakmikahya Vidyalay School
October 7, 2012

Often times, children would be running around outside of the classrooms for no apparent reason other than they needed to use up some energy. This reflects a lack of discipline on part of the teachers. However, at the same time the children are given more responsibility to take breaks when they feel necessary. The principles office, the closed door pictured, was often closed as he was out on "official business".

tags: Education, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Green for Good Luck
October 7, 2012

This parrot, which is illegal to keep in captivity, was hung outside one of the weavers' workplace in Banaras to bring good luck and protection to the workers. This notion of placing some sort of talisman outside for good luck and/or protection can be seen all over India. In Delhi, the chili and lime combination was placed over shops in order to ward off the evil eye.

tags: Environment, Ecosystems: Balance and Imbalance, Varanasi, Culture and Religion, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Flowers for Sale
October 7, 2012

Located just outside of Navdanya Farms in Dehradun, this greenhouse was one of two in the area which contained flowers that were grown and later sold for weddings. This farm was receiving help from Navdanya. However, they are not officially organic. When asked whether or not they used pesticides, they claimed they did not. Though, upon walking outside an empty bottle of pesticides was clearly visible. (more...)

tags: Environment, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability

location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Old Delhi Hustle
October 7, 2012

Situated atop Jama Masjid, this photo depicts the chaos and clutter of Old Delhi, the capital of the Mughals until the end of their dynasty. It seems every bit of space is used resourcefully and with little rhyme or reason. The wall around the mosque creates a sense of isolation and provides a place of sanctuary from the outside chaos.

tags: Mosques, Mughal Empire, Historic Delhi, Culture and Religion, Delhi and Modernity

location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

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