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9-Nov-2005

November 9th, 2005

(Yesterday) I was in the bus, traveling on the JJ flyover to Churchgate. There was traffic on the flyover. The bus was moving very slowly. From atop, I noticed the streets of Dongri and Minara Masjid, almost those streets which I used to walk through at the nights on Saturdays with the groups for Urban Buffet. Again it struck me that the pace of life in these localities is different from the rest of the city. People here have their own ways of living and being. To us, these ways may appear exotic and acquire the flavour of culture, something to see and admire.

I remember my own childhood in Dongri when kite flying was a pleasure. Today, watching the children play, watching people walk on the street, a sense of fear ran down my spine – what makes these areas ‘communally sensitive’? It struck me that if a riot were to happen here again, what would happen to this area? Will it be destroyed? Maybe the fear was of destruction of my home – a space which was once upon a time my home.

Maybe if riots were to happen again in Mumbai, this time they would be economic and a reaction to controls of the state.

 

 

xanga

  1. November 9th, 2005 at 21:50 | #1

    Maybe if riots were to happen again in Mumbai, this time they would be economic and a reaction to controls of the state.
    I wonder what you mean by it. Do you mean that riots may be along economic (class) lines and not along religious lines?

    Also, I have a question for you. You mention the JJ flyover in this post. Do you think has this (very long) flyover has altered the community surrounding it in any way if at all?

  2. November 10th, 2005 at 09:02 | #2

    hi anup,

    Riots will happen, if they do, because of economic reasons i.e. unemployment and government intervention toward curbing the emergence of small scale enterprises. This is what I meant by riots happening in Mumbai.

    I haven’t exactly studied the issue of the JJ Flyover and what it has done to the community. Would be interesting to do so though!

    Cheers,

    Citybytes