Mirno Pasquali is a photographer who has been documenting the EWS evictions in Ejipura Bangalore. Gautam Bhan has written about the evictions here
I spent the past few days photographing in the Ejipura slum which has been the focus of many activists working here in Bangalore. This has been my first attempt at documenting these types of issues, and being a foreigner has made it particularly interesting. I hope to have done so in a way that is fair, unbiased and ultimately insightful.
A number of activist have referred me to this forum as an intellectual space to post stories, issues and ultimately begin a dialogue about a number of different topics. I am happy to have found a place to place these photographs, and I hope doing so will aid to this goal.
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Despite protest from many, the demolition could not be stalled for more than a few hours. Many asked to stall demolition until the children finished exams in March, but these request would prove to be ineffective
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There were still families living in their homes on the second day of demolition. Activist were able to stall the destruction for a short amount of time, but ultimately the destruction continued.
“Where will we go?” One man asked begging for an answer. Many occupants were only able to move as far as their front step with nowhere else to go. They sat and waited for a reprieve on the second day
A rally was organized to bring awareness to the issue from those passing by and media. Huge crowds gathered and walked around the slum to protest the actions of the local government.
“Why?” He ask with a shrug of his shoulders. An old man is unable to walk, and lays helplessly while those around him move their own belongings out of their homes. People would come to help him move, but like many, he had nowhere to go either
Two people huddle for warmth as the day begins on Tuesday.
A woman’s son was injured during the demolition. Rumors initially said the boy had been killed. By activist confirmed he had not been killed.
A woman passed away overnight due to exposure to the elements, her story has been picked up by a number of news agencies. The family huddled in the cold around warm embers in front of her shrine. “She died because she had to sleep out in the cold. They took her house away.” One family member explained
A view from above as the sun rises over the EWS slum, which was demolished over the course of a few days. Residents are still living here however, and their future is not known.
Mirno R. Pasquali