Virtual Exhibition - SF 2000

Sunil Janah: Inside India, 1940-1975


SECTION 2:   BUILDING INDIA'S INDUSTRIES


Photographs, panels & text:   Sunil Janah 1939-2000
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VIRTUAL   EXHIBITION   SECTIONS
0
Index, Introduction,
Entrance Panel
1
History in
the Making
2
Building India's
Industries
3
The Land and
the People
4
Dance and Temple
Sculpture

 

Index to Section 2

Section 2 text

SECTION 2:   BUILDING INDIA'S INDUSTRIES

Gandhi did not wish to transform India's agricultural economy into a modern industrial one, as he believed that this process had dire effects on the environment and the daily lives of the people. He wanted to continue, on a larger scale, the self-contained economy of the traditional village. But Nehru, the first prime minister, wanted to lift the masses out of their poverty rapidly. He saw that the only way to achieve this would be through industrialization and technical training. India began to revitalize her old industries and to build new factories, dams and power stations soon after achieving independence

In the 1950s, Nehru's "new temples" of concrete and steel began to tower over the rice and wheat fields. But the workers--digging in the mines, rolling steel in the mills, processing jute, and loading bales--continued to do much of their work manually. This produced strange images, such as contingents of village women, carrying cement mixtures in pans on their heads, walking against the giant sheet piling of a construction site.

  - Sunil Janah


All photographs, and text:   © Sunil Janah 1939-2000
 

   

Top Row:
Plant owned by Indian Aluminium, in Bihar.   sf.065

Steel melting shop, Tata Iron & Steel Works, Jamshedpur, 1957.   sf.066

A water tank gets hoisted into place at Burn & Co's steel works, near Calcutta.   sf.067

Middle Row: Young trainees at Tata Iron & Steel Co., Jamshedpur, Bihar, eastern India.   sf.068

Coal miners in an underground pit, Bihar, 1952.   sf.069

Hindustan Steel plant, Rourkela, Orissa.   sf.070

Bottom Row:
Coke ovens, Tata Iron & Steel Co., Jamshedpur, Bihar, eastern India.   sf.071

Workers at thermal-power plant in Bokaro, Bihar, one of independent India's first.   sf.072

Santhal tribal girl working in a coal mine.   sf.073

Train dumping slag outside the steel plants of Tata Iron & Steel Co.   sf.074

Panel 10:   Industry, 1950's
(captions & smaller image)
Panel 10: Industry, 1950-1960's. 
© Sunil Janah
Photographs © Sunil Janah
 

 
Panel 10:   Industry, 1950's   (Larger Image)
Panel 10: Industry, 1950's-1960's. 
© Sunil Janah


This is Section 2 (BUILDING INDIA'S INDUSTRIES).

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Photographs, panels & text © Sunil Janah 1939-2000
This is an online virtual approximation to the exhibition
"Sunil Janah, Inside India 1940-1975",
curated by Sunil, Monua & Sobha Janah, and held in San Francisco, 2000.

Image quality and size are much poorer and smaller here than they were in the real exhibition.


Website design and coding: Arjun Janah, 2000