Kids and the Caterpillar

Around the corner is a pristine yellow Caterpillar; unexpected amongst all the rubbish and detritus of Gokhale Road North
An impromptu playground for the children living behind the neatly parked excavator

Dirty feet on shiny paintwork
An allegory of relative values in India
The small child in his brother’s arms is more likely to die here than anywhere else in the world
Boys have greater value and the mortality rate for girls is higher

Autocracy crushes people by control
India apparently does so through neglect

The Indian Space Research Organisation will send astronauts into space by 2021
This week test rockets were successfully launched
With mission control, at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, full of ecstatic faces
By 2021 these children will have grown-up; will they be as happy

Space exploration emphasises the disparity in India
It seems easier to test frontiers of extraterrestrial flight than to care adequately for its people

photography and text by Tim Harris

This entry was published on May 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm. It’s filed under Community, India and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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