Being Unwanted

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“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”
( Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Albanian born Indian Missionary and Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. 1910-1997)

This was shot at dawn while I was stepping down Dashaswamedh (Main) Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was freezing, there was a heavy fog and it was not possible to see the Ganges.
At this time lepers are already along the stairs waiting for devotees to give them food, charity or sympathy.
Leprosy is today curable and it is far less infectious than once believed — 95 percent of people are immune and it cannot be transmitted by casual contact, as many people fear.
Though its complete eradication is considered to be medically impossible, India officially “eliminated” the disease in 2005, after a targeted program reduced the level of incidence to fewer than one case per 10,000 people.
However the country still has more than a thousand leper colonies mostly because of ignorance and negligence.
India continues to record the highest number of new leprosy cases in the world (2.5 lakh in 2008).
Many people still suffer and live with the feeling of being unwanted…

 

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One Response to “Being Unwanted”

  1. Nice shot. I like the way it sort of disappears

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