rohan chakravarty © 2017
Indian industry is spiralling out of control, gripped with a sudden urge for development, it is devastating landscapes and livelihoods on the outskirts of every major city. This engine as a by-product leaves on the wayside the social and environmental interest of the country. It is almost being treated as co-lateral damage to the animal that is development.
Due to multiple reasons, big laid out plans find themselves withering on the wayside. Rajarhat is one such ‘classic’ example, one of dreams, waste, corruption, desperation and isolation.
This weakly planned megacity on the outskirts of Calcutta, explains in a nutshell, the dichotomy that is India. Under the purview of development and growth people are displaced from livelihood and home under coercion and with paltry compensations.
Yet, there is still hope. Stubbornness and pride alongside growing social and environmental concern help them stand their ground.
This is an on-going, long term project to try and understand a changing landscape alongside exploring what it leaves behind.