Arun Kumar | March 7, 2017 | New Delhi
Kathputli Colony in Delhi is preparing to stage a final performance – a vanishing act. For over half a century it has been home to over 3,500 street performers – puppeteers, magicians, folk singers and acrobats. It will soon be replaced by multi-storey buildings and malls. Under the DDA’s in-situ slum rehab scheme under the PPP model, the slum-dwellers are shifting – or, as in recent weeks, being shifted using police force – to a transit camp. Construction will soon start for their modern homes in the same place. That sounds good, but the residents have little trust in authorities after years of government apathy. They feel that this promise of a bright future would not only snatch away their land but also their cultural heritage with it. Then, the colony will live on only in imagination – and in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, in which it was referred to as the magicians’ ghetto.
A DDA camp for residents to obtain a ‘parchi’ or eviction slip required to shift to the transit camp
Heavy police deployment on the rubble-strewn streets of what remains of the colony. Residents say they feel intimidated
The colony is said to be the inspiration for the ‘magicians’ ghetto’ in Salman Rushdie’s 1980 novel, Midnight’s Children
Kathputli Colony is said to be the largest colony of street artistes in the world
A ‘sabha’ organised by the residents to discuss the problems of the in-situ redevelopment scheme
In hope of a better place to live in, a resident waits
Houses of residents who have agreed to shift to a transit camp are marked ‘DS’ (direct shift)
(The photo story appears in the March 1-15, 2017 issue of Governance Now)
Lamenting that in the race to catch eyeballs with sensational news, tabloid journalism has got mixed up with serious journalism, senior journalist and Padma Shri awardee Alok Mehta has said that credibility perception of Indian media has gone down. Yet, despite criticism, Indian media is free and powerful.
In a milestone achievement, India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 30 crores. A total of 30,16,26,028 vaccine doses have been administered through 40,45,516 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am Thursday. As many as 64,89,599 vaccine doses were administered in the 24
The Government of Gujarat has launched a web portal and a mobile application to facilitate online registration of workers from the unorganized sector by giving them smart cards for availing various welfare schemes. Chief minister Vijay Rupani has given a befitting reply to his critics that
As the city of Mumbai went into the lockdown in March 2020, those who were on permanent dialysis and caught Covid infection or suspected to have been infected were badly in need of dialysis treatment. At the same time a large number of patients who were already in dialysis centres started contracti
The Tamil Nadu government has announced the `Economic Advisory Council` to the Chief Minister comprising Nobel laureates, Raghuram Rajan, former governor of Reserve Bank of India and various other economic experts from around the globe to advise the state on how to reverse the economic slowdown. The state
All 15 Kashmir Valley Railway Stations, including Srinagar, have now got integrated with 6021 Station Wi-Fi Network of Indian Railways. Public Wi-Fi, provided under the brand name of RailWire, is available at 15 stations such as Baramula, Hamre, Pattan, Maz