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The Warp and the Weft

Ichalkaranji was once the cultural centre of south Maharashtra, the home of many renowned singers. Certainly, there are connoisseurs of music even today. But the workers have mostly turned deaf because of the horrendous noise of the powerlooms. The forty thousand people who toil here have no time to think of anything but how to fill their bellies.

The Warp and the Weft

Anil Awachat Although the exploitation and inequality in Ichalkaranji, the town in Maharashtra that spells powerlooms, are glaringly apparent, Workers have not been able to unite against them. Perhaps because it is difficult to define the 'enemy'.

Prostitution in Pune and Bombay-A Report

Prostitution in Pune and Bombay A Report Anil Awachat THE Pune Mandai is its biggest vegetable market. Right at the heart of this busy marketplace is Dane Alley, the Prostitute Lane. The street is lined with decrepit old three-storey buildings without any balconies but pierced through with innumerable windows. The windows are illuminated with big white globe-lights or square light-boxes with 'satisfaction' or 'welcome' or 'satiation' written on them. At night the atmosphere is like Diwali. Ail the windows are crammed with women wearing bright clothes. The rooms you can glimpse through the windows are a garish pink or blue or purple. There are narrow stairs leading up, also full of these women, their shiny nylon saris, sequinned blouses, false diamonds in their noses shining in the dark.

ENTERTAINMENT- Tamasha Folk Art as Business

ENTERTAINMENT Tamasha : Folk Art as Business Anil Awachat FOLK art is 'in' with the discriminating elite of our cities. So also with foreign tourists who are increasingly buying 'folk products' at ever higher prices from the boutiques and bazaars of the cities.

MEDICINE- Doctors in the Dock

December 27. 1975 MEDICINE Doctors in the Dock The medical profession in the country is very much a part of the market economy network, its gaping income disparities and its private-profit motivations. Because of the affluence it assures, a large number of the more successful and ambitious students try to enter the medical profession. Some pay anything between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 for admission to a medical college. Thereafter, as they pursue their profession over some five and a hall years, they become increasingly conscious of their potential status in society. Their teachers are drawn from among the more distinguished practitioners in the city, whose life-style is often lavish. The term-end parties at the teachers' well-appointed homes fitted with many tokens of affluence give the doctors in the making their ideas of what to aim at. During their stay in the medical college such ambitions are reinforced again and again:

BOMBAY-Violence of the Chawls

BOMBAY Violence of the Chawls Anil Awachat TWO communal riots have taken place in Jogeshwari, a suburb of Bombay, in the last four months. There .was a riot in November 1974, on Diwali day; the second took place on this Republic Day. For quite some time there had been no communal riot in Bombay; so these two' riots in quick succession, with the distinct possibility of a third in the near future, must be viewed as a disquieting development.

MAHARASHTRA- The Violence of Orderly Change

October 12, 1974 MAHARASHTRA The Violence of Orderly Change Anil Awachat BABHULGAON is a small village, some six miles away from Latur town in district Osmanabad. On July 18, 1974 four men and a woman were returning to Babhulgaon from Latur, at about 10 in the night The men were brothers and the woman, Mainabai was their sister. They were caste Hindus and belonged to a family of Shinde

Unwanted Visitors from Famine Land

Anil Awachat OUTSIDE the third class waiting room of Poona railway station is a big open yard. For the last three months it has been occupied by about 200 families at a time, living in the open. The men wear big turbans and the women wear sarees in a manner which distinguishes them from the permanent pavement- dwellers of the city. Every train that comes in from the Sholapur region unloads a fresh batch of these immigrants who troop out of the station carrying big bundles on their heads. These are Visitors' to Poona, mainly from the famine-stricken districts of Sholapur, Osmanabad and Bhir. Some settle down temporarily on the pavement opposite the ST bus stand; others trek to the industrial belt around the city. The biggest of their numerous settlements in and around the city is about three miles from Poona near Hadapsar village, which is nearest the industrial belt.

MAHARASHTRA-Broken Statue, Smashed Heads, Burnt Shops

domestic policy. The five principles of co-existence lay great stress on noninterference in other people's affairs, and instances are altogether too many of both the Soviet Union and China winking at out-and-out retrograde domestic policies of a government which has nonetheless offered the one or the other of them a certain measure of support in the sphere of international relations.

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