From: GOONJ.. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM
Subject: Ultimately it's all about EK Jodi Kapda (A pair of clothes)
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Kitney log? kaun janta hai ? hazaro lashey thikaney lagayi hai mainey". (How many people, who knows ? I have taken care of thousands of dead bodies). The frail, lost, over 80 years old Habib murmurs on a recent visit to the footpath where he still lives in Delhi.
Nothing has changed in Habib's life, except there is now a small horn on the tricycle he uses for picking up bodies from different places. He is still on the footpath with his blind wife Amna begum. The little girl who shocked me 19 years ago with her statement - "when I feel cold I hug the dead body and sleep. It does not trouble me, it does not turn around" is a grown up women today. Habib still gets news of dead bodies to be picked up. Like every year, he is worried about winters, since the number of deaths doubles almost on a daily basis but Habib is more worried about what will happen after him? Who will pick up a person who comes to Delhi in search of a job and dies on the roads due to lack of woolens.I have been following Habib for many years now. His story and GOONJ's in-depth work on clothing over the years has reaffirmed my belief that 'winters are a much bigger disaster than earthquake or floods'. The irony is that it's a regular, known disaster, more people die in winters due to lack of clothing and we don't even call it an unnatural death, maintain records or give compensation. Earthquake or floods don't discriminate between rich and poor. but on the other hand in winters, in the same city one person dies because of cold while I survive.. enjoy my life.. at the same place, in the same temperature. The culprit is not winters or cold, it's the lack of clothing which kills people..
its due place. A basic, ignored need of the human kind is now getting a wider attention of agencies, media, corporates, government and the larger public.
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Over to you..
Anshu Gupta (Ashoka Fellow)
Tel:- 011- 26972351, 41401216
Add- J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi-76
Tuhin Kumar Dutta
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