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Girls 2.  Hampi | by Claire Pismont
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Girls 2. Hampi

In Hampi Bazaar, Karnataka India

In Hampi, livelihoods of hundreds in ruin, too

"But not anymore as the local authorities descended on the bazaar in July last year and reduced it to a rubble. The 319 families, who lost their livelihoods, now have time only till February 12 to move out and shift to a location chosen by the government. While the deadline is fast approaching a few petty shopkeepers continue to do business on pushcarts and under makeshift tents at the site of the bazaar, and some businesses still operate from bulldozed buildings.


“I’ll die, but not leave this spot. How can I feed my children if I lose everything I have? How can the government expect a woman to build a house on a site that is virtually a burial ground?” asks Savithri, a widow who till recently ran a handicrafts shop in the bazaar. These remaining shopkeepers are the only reminder of the bazaar that once bustled with life but is engulfed in silence for the most part today."

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Taken in December 2011