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Deceptions Of Nostalgia

Posted in Dreams of An Enthralling India In Colour with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2013 by designldg

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“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.
But when he stood at the railing of the ship…only then did he understand to what extent he had been an easy vicitim to the charitible deceptions of nostalgia. ”
(Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez – Colombian novelist, b.1927)

This picture was shot early in the morning at Scindia ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras)…

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Terror Strikes Again in Mumbai

Posted in Human Rights Violations, Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by designldg

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This little girl smiled at me in a village located nearby Lucknow.
She could be a Hindu or a Muslim, she could also be the daughter or the sister of anyone who died or who was injured in Mumbai this evening.
Once again the same innocents suffer and once again the same butchers try to scare and spread terror in this city like in any other city in the world.
Those cowards who do those kind of things are away from God.
The people of Mumbai are amazing, they react with courage, dignity and don’t allow terror to overpower the city…they are the winners.
This is the reason why I selected the picture of an innocent child smiling in order to support my friends there.

All my thoughts are for Mumbai tonight, for those who suffer there…

This is a link in order to watch the latest news from India in English on NDTV:
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No Child Labor

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by designldg

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“Rights of the children are not questionable.
Child labor is not negotiable.
Child labor is the worst form of modern slavery.
Whatever excuse people may have, employing kids full-time is child labor.”

 

Recently I saw those words on a wall in Sarnath, at the entrance of of the place where His Holiness the Dalai Lama was giving his teachings.
This is the reason why it is also writen in Tibetan.

 

Yesterday was “World Day Against Child Labour”.
Around 115 million boys and girls under the age of 18 are involved in hazardous child labour.
Making a change is possible.
In India both employers and trade unions are actively involved in the fight against child labour, especially when it comes to keeping children out of hazardous work.

 

There shouldn’t be only one “World Day Against Child Labour”, we should think about this everyday…
Anyone who sees or knows a case of childlabor and doesn’t interfere becomes a sinner of complicity.
This year you are more than one million viewers to have visited my websites on Facebook, Flickr, WordPress and Ipernity, I am humbly asking you to think about this madness.
There is a child in each of us, it is easy to remember that once we were children as well…
We need to work together.
A child must be in school only and we need to educate the mothers as well.
Child labor is really not negotiable.

 

(As I wrote many times this file with pictures standing against Human Rights Violations and Human trafficking gets many comments and mails from people who don’t understand why I am raising my voice for this purpose.
The reason is that I should not have to justify those pictures nor my words as child labor is absolutly wrong and besides I truly think that there is no deal nor concession to make with providers or users of child labor.
Uploading those pictures is not a lack of respect to India nor to its traditions, the rest of my photostream shows my respect and true love for the country.
Of course I understand that this can be disturbing for those who are so used to have children working for them or to those for whom this is such a common thing that it became normal to see this without feeling anything wrong about it.)

 

Give a second thought about this…

 

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Endless laughter

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by designldg

Endless laughter

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“You don’t stop laughing because you grow older.
You grow older because you stop laughing. ”
(Maurice Chevalier – French actor and singer, 1888–1972)

This happy little girl lives in a village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where ladies are making Chikan embroidery.
In this peaceful place Muslim and Hindu families share a spirit of unity and a true sense of harmony.
I could feel a real happiness everywhere, each face was offering me a smile, all those gifts are everlasting memories.
This village was full of laughter.

Happiness Around

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by designldg

Happiness Around

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“And children to be by his side. ”
(From the Quran, سورة المدثر , Al-Muddathir, Chapter #74, Verse #13)

As I was leaving one of our weaving workshop in a Muslim area of Varanasi (Benaras) I met those children who were playing with a rickshaw.
When they saw my camera they called me and asked for a few pictures.
They enjoyed watching the results on the screen of my camera, they were laughting and there was a real flow of happiness.
Then more people came in the street, everyone wanted me to take their portrait, it was a beautiful moment…

Stolen Childhood

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by designldg

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A few days ago I saw this little boy at the vegetable market which is at the end of Dasaswamedh road in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was selling green beans sitting on a wooden cart for several hours.

Child labor in India is a human right issue for the whole world.
According to the statistics given by Indian government there are 20 million child laborers in the country, while other agencies claim that it is 50 million.
The Indian government has tried to take some steps to alleviate the problem of child labor in recent years by invoking a law that makes the employment of children below 14 illegal, except in family owned enterprises.
However this law is rarely adhered to due to practical difficulties.
People using children usually find loopholes and circumvent the law by declaring that the child laborer is a distant family member.
In villages there is no law implementing mechanism, and any punitive actions for commercial enterprises violating these laws is almost non existent.

Anyone who sees or knows a case of childlabor and doesn’t interfere becomes a sinner of complicity…

 

Terror strikes Varanasi

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by designldg

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“Terrorism should be outlawed universally.
We should have true international co-operation to combat terrorism.”
(French President Nicolas Sarkozy – Press conference in Mumbai Dec. 7, 2010)

Last evening (Tuesday) a bomb hidden in a milk container exploded at Sheetla Ghat killing a two year old little girl and left many people wounded among the thousands of devotees and tourists who came to celebrate Ganga aarti.
The ceremony is a daily ritual in Varanasi (Benaras), the holiest city in the Hindu religion, during which priests and others light oil lamps, ring bells and chant prayers to worship the Ganges.
The force of the explosion ripped away a metal railing and damaged stones up to 60 metres away.
The Police said they defused two more bombs in the city.
The terror group Indian Mujahedeen allegedly claimed responsibility for the blast in an email to several media outlets.
This attack clearly meant to coincide with the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition a day earlier.

After spending a long time with my friend Dwiraj at the place where the bomb was left we hopefully left a few minutes before the blast.
All of my friends and relatives in the holy city are safe even though I met almost everyone there before the tragedy.

It was the fourth bomb attack in Varanasi in the past five years but no one here seems to be panicking.
Life has to carry on, showing those terrorists that they are nothing but cowards, away from God.

Terrorism only discredits the purposes and expectations of those behind this.

I decided not to show any image of the place where this tragedy happened but to upload this picture shot a few hours ago in my street with happy children smiling.
Those smiles are our future and the best weapon in order to answer this ignominy.

Read more at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/I-saw-chunks-of…