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MumbaiWeekly Volume 01 Issue 19
MONDAY, 20 AUGUST 2012
Two dead in Mumbai as protest turns violent
Indian Muslims block traffic and destroy public property in Mumbai on 11 August 2012. A protest called by Raza Academy, a Mumbai based Muslim organization suddenly turned violent leaving two people dead and several injured Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly (more images on page 3) Two persons died and 40 others were injured when a protest against Assam riots turned violent here in Mumbai turned violent on 11 August 2012. Demonstrators torched vehi-
cles, including media vans and pelted stones, leading the police to fire in the air and use batons to disperse the mob. The protest was called by a Mumbai based Muslim outfit, Raza
Academy, to denounce the riots in Assam and also the alleged attacks on Muslims in Myannmar gathered over thousands of people. The crowd according to the police suddenly turned
hostile and turned itâ€˜s ire towards media persons beating up journalists grievously injuring a few. Police officials confirmed that they fired in the air and used batons to disperse the
crowd to restore order. The injured were taken to Government hospitals around the area. Confirmed reports later indicated that two people died while undergoing treatment at the St.
George Hospital in Mumbai. The police have ascertained the identity of the rioters and made various arrests over the last few days. Following the incident security was
stepped up in all sensitive areas while politicians from all over India appealed for calm. Due to the unrest suburban train services and road traffic were disrupted for some time.
At the time of publishing this article 22 police officials are still hospitalized and undergoing treatment. The cause of the violence is still being probed and arrests are still being made.
Freedom @ 65 The entire country celebrated 65 years of Independence on 15 August 2012. Official celebrations in Mumbai and Maharashtra were cancelled to mourn the death of former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who passed away a day earlier. Addressing the nation on Independence day Indian Prime minister on his ninth address from Red Fort New Delhi to the Nation said, lack of political consensus on many issues is affecting India's rapid economic growth. Manmohan Singh warned that national security would be hit if
the pace of economic growth did not increase, new investment was not encouraged, management of government finances was not improved, and energy security was not achieved. The Prime Minister covered an array of issues in his speech but much of it was focussed on Indian economy. Besides the global financial crisis, domestic developments were also hindering the growth of India's economy, he said, without specifying what the hiccups were. India's GDP grew by 6.5 percent last year, and "this year we hope to do a little better", he
said. The economist-turnedpolitician admitted that this year's poor monsoon would pose difficulties in controlling inflation. But Manmohan Singh assured the nation that the difficult days would not last long. "Even as we face problems, we should be encouraged by the fact that we have achieved extraordinary successes in many areas in the last eight years," he said, referring to the period since 2004 when he came to head a Congress-led coalition government.
A child sells Indian flag artifacts on a street in Mumbai on 15 August 2012. India celebrated itâ€˜s sixty fifth independence year on this day. Shankar Narayan / Mumbai Weekly
MONDAY, 20 August 2012
Feeling their way to the top
Above Left: Visually impaired boys play under the water spray from a hose pipe while celebrating the Indian festival of Jamnashtmi in Mumbai on 10 August 2012. Above Right: A boy breaks a pot filled with milk and cream part of the traditional Indian festival of Gokulasthami celebrating the birth of the Indian God Krishna in Mumbai. Pratham Gokhale / Mumbai Weekly
Civic authorities to initiate cloud seeding Anticipating that the current dry spell will continue, the civic body has decided, finally, to go ahead with its cloud seeding experiment from September 1. The project will cost the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) around 12 crore. The current water deficit has risen to four million litres according to sources. Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte on Thursday announced that group leaders of all the political parties have cleared the project. "We have tried this exper-
iment in the past in 2009, but it failed because we didn't have enough scientific data. This time, we have collected all the data we need, with the help of three other agencies and have also taken the necessary precautions," said Kunte. The civic body had asked India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and Mekorot, a government undertaking from Israel that specialises in cloud seeding, to provide details of the project.
A boatman hoist‘s the colors of the Indian flag aboard his fishing vessel in Mumbai on 15 August 2012. Anticipating that the dry spell will continue, Civic Authorities decided to go ahead with a cloud seeding experiment from 1 September 2012. Abhinav Reddy / Mumbai Weekly
Mumbai rides to freedom
A man participates in the Independence Ride in Mumbai 15 August 2012. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
A woman rides a motorcycle in Mumbai. Around 1200 people rode through the city on motorcycles on an ‗Independence Ride‘ Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Riders participate in the Independence Day ride in Mumbai on 15 August 2012. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Organizers said over 1200 riders participated in the 20km ride which started from Suburban Mumbai and ended in the financial district of Nariman Point. The ride has become an annual feature now. This year the theme of the ride was ‗save the girl child‘. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
MONDAY, 20 August 2012
Mumbai riots sets political circles on fire The violence in Mumbai in reaction to riots in Assam created turmoil in Parliament for two days with the Shiv Sena-BJP demanding central intervention and a judicial probe into the incidents. The issue generated heat in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, with Shiv Sena and BJP making common cause over the issue. Congress hit back at the Sena alleging it was attempting to provoke people through articles in its mouthpiece ‗Saamna‘. The Rajya Sabha witnessed embarrassment for BJP and Shiv Sena with key NDA ally JD (U) taking them to task for ―communal remarks‖. The Lok Sabha, which adjourned on the issue yesterday, saw Sena leader Anant Geete seeing a conspiracy behind the violence saying those indulging in the incidents wanted
to spread trouble across the country. Referring to the reported statement of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan suspecting foreign hand, he said the state government had ―completely failed‖ to check the violence and there was need for the Centre to intervene as people are living in fear. ―It is necessary for the central government to intervene now,‖ he said, adding it was unfortunate that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had not made any statement on the matter though the violent incidents have been continuing for the past three days closer to home Mahara tra Navnirman Sena (M NS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday demanded resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patiland Mumbai P olice CommissionerArup Patnaik.
Muslim protestors burn vehicles in Mumbai as protests against the ethnic killing of Muslims in the state of Assam and neighboring Myanmar took a violent turn on 11 August 2012. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Security personnel pull a damaged police vehicle to safety in Mumbai on 11 August 2012. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Authorities restore monument damaged in Mumbai riots Authorities have restored the vandalised ‗Amar Jawan Jyoti‘ monument, a memorial dedicated to martyred soldiers, which was recently damaged by rioters. The monument is a rifle and helmet built in memory of two jawans—Mangal Gadiya and Sayyed Hussein, both martyred in the 1857 revolt, when the Britishers shot them with a cannon at Azad Maidan according to historians and was installed in 2009. A photojournalist has provided two images of persons damaging the monument which has been circulated widely on the internet. People‘s sentiments are hurt and a large number of reactions have started pouring in some even comparing it to the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. Crime Branch officials are now relying heavily on these shots, which are the only existing leads that can help trace these men. They will also act as evidence if and when the protestors are arrested according to police sources True to his word the mayor of Mumbai repaired and reinstalled the monument on independence day amongst wide speculation that this task would not be possible. The total cost set the Municipal Corporation back by Rs 200000/- ($4000) which was borne by the department according to the Municipal Commissioner. Children stand around the ‗Amar Jawan Jyoti‘ a monument in Mumbai on 15 August 2102. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Police personnel walk past a burning vehicle after dispersing a crowd that blocked traffic and burned vehicles in Mumbai on 11 August 2012. Two people died and over forty were injured in the incident. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
American massacre: Mumbai memorial
A woman belonging to the Sikh community of India lights a candle in a memorial service organized in Mumbai on 8 August 2012. The memorial service was held for the members of the Sikh community that were gunned down in the United States of America. Shankar Narayan / Mumbai Weekly The Sikh community in Mumbai mourned the Sikh victims who they claim have been killed in a dastardly act of violence motivated by hate and prejudice in Wisconsin, United states of America in a local Gurudwara on 8 August 2012. ,On August 5, six persons were killed and three critically injured when a gunman opened fire inside a gurudwara in Wisconsin as the congregation was making preparations for Sunday morning prayers. To honor the victims of the shooting inside a gurudwara in Wisconsin, United States President Barack Obama had ordered that the American flag be flown at half-staff at all the US government
buildings and its diplomatic missions overseas till August 10. Globally this decision was welcomed by the Sikh community. The gun man was gunned down by Police officials and the real cause of the attack will never be known. With their hair tightly wrapped in turbans, Sikh men have been mistakenly identified — and sometimes targeted — as Muslims. That was the case in Mesa, Ariz., in 2001, when a Sikh gas station owner was shot and killed by an assailant who reportedly thought he was Muslim.
MONDAY, 20 August 2012
OPINION: Mumbai’s Invisible Children
A child sits in a cloth cradle on a street in Mumbai. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly ment introduced the - Shailesh Andrade term ‗street child‘ into its official vocabulary It is a familiar sight in only in 1993. Does this Mumbai to see children mean that our Governliving on the streets, ment failed to recognize collecting plastic and the growing street chilpaper scrap, begging on dren epidemic? In 2011 traffic signals and sell- the National Crime ing things. They all Record Bureau look similar — grubby (NCRB) came out with feet, frayed rags, shocking figures of scarred faces, red eyes crimes against children: and brassy hair. India 5,484 children were has the largest number raped and 1,408 others of children living on the killed in India last year. street and a major num- In the Capital alone, 29 ber of them live in children were murdered Mumbai according to and 304 raped in 2010. figures released by the But these figures do not government. Sad but include even a fraction true, the Indian govern- of crimes committed
against street children according to voluntary organizations working with these children. Why do we have so many children on our street? According to reports a large number of children run away from home to escape domestic violence or sexual abuse. Many are abandoned by their parents who do not have the means to support them or worse do not want to have a girl child. These children are forced to live on the streets and are slowly sucked into a irreversible frame of mind. Most
of the children live behind garbage dumps or under flyovers surviving on daily earnings from the scrap they sell or living off the alms they receive. Many find themselves addicted to substance abuse at an early age or forced into prostitution. According to Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it states that 'Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.' Street children are de-
nied of each one of these rights, instigating the fact that innocent children are not being supported and cared for by their families, friends and the government. Street children in Mumbai are deprived from proper protection due to the negligence of their family, the unstable economic situation in the country and the lack of focus on their health care. Being on the streets instigates diseases because street children live and work amidst trash, animals and open sewers. Due to a large migration of
people moving in and out of the city, diseases are carried from one place to another spreading new illnesses in the country. A majority of street children are not vaccinated and protected from harmful diseases including H1N1, Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus, significantly raising their possibilities of getting seriously ill and possibly facing death in the upcoming future. According to a UNICEF report India has eighteen million street children, a staggering figure hard even
to imagine. What comes of surprise is the country‘s response to this alarming fact. Street children have to find solace in relief of a very few Government shelters and Voluntary Organizations that assist them. In my opinion the biggest problem street children face is the deprivation of love. Maslow's hierarchy of needs outlines the basic needs of an individual: selfactualization, esteem, love/belonging, safety and physiological. Children living on the street are deprived
of all these needs. Could we as a society reach out to these children in love, be it with a smile or time to teach them maybe with a few old clothes our children have outgrown to some food every time we pass by one. I believe if everybody looks out to the welfare of one child living in his / her locality in their own way we could have well found a solution to this problem. The above views are the personal views expressed by the author.
Editor Speaks: Our last Edition Shailesh Andrade It was mixed emotions for all of us at the Mumbai Weekly office yesterday as we worked for the last time together as a team on the newspaper. The Mumbai Weekly, part of the curriculum of the one year diploma in Photojournalism at Udaan, brought us all together as we functioned as a team, shooting besides real photojournalists reporting to a Editor, Chief Photographer and Photo Editor, posts managed and run by students. I remember a senior photojournalist asking me sometime back as to what can a professional course teach me. I got the answer to his question while covering the Muslim protest featured on our first page of this edition. The mob had
turned its fury on the media beating up journalists and damaging their equipment. I too found myself in the midst of this fury but survived unhurt, a fact I proudly credit to this course that taught me not only how to be safe but to also to locate a vantage point and continue shooting. As our chapter comes to a close, along with the entire Mumbai Weekly team I would like to thank all our readers, our 31484 Facebook friends and the faculty of Udaan Photoschool for your continuous support and encouragement that made Mumbai Weekly possible. We hope you enjoyed viewing news snippets from Mumbai as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Mumbai Weekly will be back with a new team in November with lots more Mumbai in pictures. Stay Tuned!
Photojournalism students batch of 2012, work on their last Mumbai Weekly edition in their office at Udaan Photoschool in Mumbai on 16 August 2012. Abhinav Reddy / Mumbai Weekly
MONDAY, 20 August 2012
Tri color on the heart
Nike the official kit sponsor of the Indian Cricket team unveiled a new jersey for the T20 version of the game. Key features of the uniform include the new collar, a dash of tricolour near the left shoulder and three stars above the BCCI‘s logo signifying the three World Cup victories. Just as whites are indisputably linked to Test cricket, and blue to the 50-over game, the Indi-
an team now has a shirt specifically for the T20 format. "Once I wear the national jersey, I automatically know that I have to give my best," said Virender Sehwag. "Having the national flag's colours close to the heart is a good idea. After all, someone like me, who plays from the heart, will only feel better for it." The biggest applause of the day was reserved for Yuvraj Singh, who will make
his comeback to the Indian team in the first T20I against New Zealand at Vishakhapatnam on September 8. "I am feeling a bit nervous. I've been working really hard at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for the last couple of months," said Yuvraj. "But I haven't played for India in a year. In some ways it will feel like I'm playing for India for the first time."
On 10 August 2012 India selected cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, four months after he was treated for a rare germcell tumour between his lungs. India on Friday selected cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, four months after he was treated for a rare germ-cell tumour between his lungs.The 30-year-old left-hander,
one of the most flamboyant batsmen in world cricket, was named in a 15-man squad for the tournament to be played from September 18 to October 7.Yuvraj, who completed chemotherapy in the United States in April, has not played competitive cricket since two home Tests against the West Indies last November. He only recently began light training at the National
Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Yuvraj played a key role in India's 50-over World Cup triumph last year, scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets in nine matches to be named man of the tournament. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was aware of the high expectations on him and the team and said the rest had given the team to get mentally and physically fit.
Right: Indian cricket team members Yuvraj Singh and Virat Koli interact with each other at an event in Mumbai on 16 August 2012. Yuvraj Singh was included in the Indian team after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer. Above: Members of the Indian Cricket squad leave the dais after posing for photographers in the new Indian T20 cricket team jersey at a launch event in Mumbai on 16 August 2012. Key features of the uniform include the new collar, a dash of tri-colour near the left shoulder and three stars above the BCCI‘s logo signifying the three World Cup victories. Krishanu Nagar / Mumbai Weekly
Kingfisher Airlines shares rise even as Q1 results crash land
A Kingfisher Airlines aircraft lands on a runway in Mumbai. Indian aviation company Kingfisher Airlines posted huge Q1 losses . Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Quiksilver seeks 51:49 Reliance joint venture
Several global fashion brands are queuing up to take controlling interest in their Indian operations as they look to offset slowing growth in matured western markets. Sportswear retailer Quiksilver is the latest to approach the Indian government to own a 51% stake in their local business, which is managed by Reliance Brands. Shankar Narayan / Mumbai Weekly
Shares in Kingfisher Airlines, surged Monday, despite the debt-laden carrier reporting a widening of losses in the June quarter. Kingfisher, which has never made a profit since its founding in 2005, lost Rs 651 crore in AprilJune, compared with a loss of Rs 264 crore rupees a year earlier. While results look bad on an annualized basis, there has been some respite on a sequential basis. Kingfisher's losses came down to Rs 651 crore in the June quarter from Rs 1,152 crore in the March quarter as the carrier has drastically curtailed flights and operations. The stock had fallen 19 per cent last week in anticipation of weak results. Today's gains might be on the back of short covering or value buying. Kingfisher shares traded 20 per cent higher at Rs 8.87 on the BSE. It was the top traded stock, in terms of volumes, on the broader BSE 500 index.
Indian population clock ticks
School girls walk past a ‗population counter‘ outside a Government building in Mumbai on 18 August 2012. India is the second most populated country in the World representing 17.31percent of the Worlds population. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
MONDAY, 20 August 2012
A street buffet The month long Muslim period of Ramadin concluded yesterday on19 August 2012. While Ramadin is a time of fasting and prayer for Mumsilms it also is a gastronomical delight for all other communities. A kilometer long all night street buffet comes alive on the Mohamad Ali road of Mumbai and is the highlight of the festival in the city. Crowded and full of life the street is situated under the JJ flyover which leads trffic towards the heart of the city. Gustation is concentrated in two zones the Minara Masjid and the Bohari Mohalla the latter being the quieter of the two. The street stalls packed next each other serve up hot piping food from tandoors, open coal pits, dishing out a
fare from the Northâ€“ West froienter along with stalls selling clothes, toys and other trinkets. People visiting the area for the first time are always overwhelmed with the crowd but regulars know exactly where t head for the best food. People of all communities converge here for a night out of eating and it is a common sight to see high end luxury vehicles parked along the common man scooter. While meat from a major part of the gastronomical delights people with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed with the best of sweets from the Muslim community dished out here. Mumbai Weekly photographer Abhinav Reddy visited the area to bring back some exciting visuals.
MONDAY, 20 August 2012
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Larger than reel-life
A group of artists in Mumbai have been painting Bollywood stars larger than life in the suburban district of Bandra. The Bollywood Art Project (B.A.P.) as it is called is an urban art project showcasing the golden years of Bollywood films through hand painted murals 20 to 30 feet high and aims to transform the walls of Mumbai into a living memorial to Bollywood . The paintings are done on building exteriors with prior permission of the property owners. Indian Cinema turns 100 in 2013 and B.A.P will be celebrating this by paying tribute to the Legends of Indian Cinema through art.
Above: A woman walks past a mural of Indian film actor Amitabh Bachan in Suburban Mumbai on 18 August 2012. Left: a dog sit in the balcony of a house painted with Indian super star Rajesh Khanna. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Idolized Mumbai is gearing up for the Ganesh festival which will be celebrated during mid September all over the country. Situated in central Mumbai is the Lalbaug area home to numerous Ganesh idol make shift workshops. Workers here work under sheds made of bamboo and plastic to create idols ranging fro 4 inches to 30 feet. The idols are made of mud, clay, coconut fibre, plaster of paris and painted with either acrylic or organic paints. Each idol is a work of art and many made to order based on themes for instance last year idols were made as a crusader against corruption, this year the popular theme is sports based on the Olympic games. Speaking to the artisians Mumbai Weekly found out that most of them come from Bihar in June and live in Mumbai till October. Each of them receives a daily wage of around Rs. 300 ($5)to 400 ($7) a day . The manufacturing process involves creating a mould using paper and wood. Then, a mix of natural gum, chalk powder and plaster of Paris is poured into it. The finished idols are dried in the open and then coated with paint to get a glossy finish. The cost of an idol is approximately Rs. 500 ($9) per cubic foot. All Images: Artisans work in a make shift shed making idols of the Indian God Ganesha ahead of the festival in Mumbai 14 August 2012. Pratham Gokhale / Mumbai Weekly
MONDAY, 20 August 2012
Monsoon adventures calling
A person rappels, descending down a rock face using a rope, along a water fall in Karjat, on the outskirts of Mumbai on 12 August 2012. Mumbai is blessed by its proximity to the Sahyadri hill range which in the monsoon turns into a trekkers haven. Mumbai Weekly Chief Photographer Abhinav Reddy travelled to Kondanna Caves accessible only by foot to capture the essence of this adventure.
Customs lift Independence Cup Mumbai Customs clinched the top honours in the annual Independence Cup Football Tournament, organised by the Mumbai District Football Association‘s (MDFA). In an absorbing final, Customs, who finished runners-up last year, did well to clinch a narrow 1-0 win against a fighting Central Railway at the St. Xavier‘s ground, Parel on Wednesday. Customs wrested initiative by taking the lead in the 10th minute. Following a quick counter, Customs roving striker Franciso Salian itercepted a long pass before coolly putting past Central goalkeeper Shibu Shanmugham to bring cheers in the Customs camp.
Thereafter, Customs changed tactics to play a defence game, keeping the opposition away from striking distance, to emerge winners. Earlier, in the third place match, Companeroes SC, who earned promotion to the Elite Division from this season, got the better of Union Bank of India 76 via a penalty shoot out after the teams were tied goalless at the end of regulation period. Results – Independence Cup, at St. Xavier’s ground, Parel: Final: Mumbai Customs 1(Francisco Salian) beat Central Railway 0. Third place: Companeroes SC beat Union Bank of India 7-6.
Players tackle each other during the finals of the Independence Cup in Mumbai on 15 August 2012 in Mumbai between the Indian Customs and Central Railways . Indian customs won the match 1-0. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Indian Custom players in blue fight of tackle a Railways palyer in yellow during the finals of the Independence Cup in Mumbai 15 August 2012. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
Striker Fransisco Salian celebrates after scoring the solitary goal for Indian Customs. Shailesh Andrade / Mumbai Weekly
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