By Gyan Prakash
A spot of spectacle and wreck, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan city. it isn't only a tremendous urban but additionally a hovering imaginative and prescient of recent city existence. thousands from India and past, of other ethnicities, languages, and religions, have washed up on its beaches, bringing with them their wishes and targets. Mumbai Fables explores the mythic internal lifetime of this mythical urban as obvious through its population, newshounds, planners, writers, artists, filmmakers, and political activists. during this notable cultural background of 1 of the world's most vital city facilities, Gyan Prakash finds the tales at the back of its significant heritage, viewing Mumbai via its turning issues and kaleidoscopic rules, comedian e-book heroes, and recognized scandals--the historical past in the back of Mumbai's tales of chance and oppression, of wonderful wealth and grinding poverty, of cosmopolitan wishes and nativist energies.
Starting from the catastrophic floods and terrorist assaults of contemporary years, Prakash reaches again to the sixteenth-century Portuguese conquest to bare the tales in the back of Mumbai's historical trip. reading Mumbai's position as a logo of chance and reinvention, he appears at its nineteenth-century improvement less than British rule and its twentieth-century emergence as a fabled urban at the sea. various layers of city event come to mild as he recounts the narratives of the Nanavati homicide trial and the increase and fall of the tabloid "Blitz," and Mumbai's transformation from the pink urban of alternate unions and communists into the saffron urban of Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena. Starry-eyed planners and elite visionaries, cynical leaders and violent politicians of the road, land sharks and underworld dons jostle with traditional electorate and bad immigrants because the urban copes with the dashed goals of postcolonial city existence and lurches into the seductions of globalization.
Shedding mild at the city's previous and current, Mumbai Fables bargains an remarkable examine this notable city.
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There is a reference to an incident regarding the attempt by the police squad to arrest the picketers before an opium shop in Cuttack. 78 A large number of palm trees were cut down in order to dissuade the people from preparing country liquor. For instance, half a dozen palm trees were chopped off in Ghumusar and Aska taluks of Ganjam. 79 Picketing before foreign cloth shops was another noticeable trend. The boycott campaign against foreign cloth had in fact started in 1929. In March 1929, a consignment of foreign cloth was burnt on the Mahanadi river bed of Cuttack.
On 6 April, the satyagrahis began their journey for Inchudi early in the morning, amidst chanting of couplets from the Gita, and garlanding by women activists. They went round the town in a large procession followed by “a large wave of crowd” and greeted by people on the streets, before leaving Cuttack town. 40 The batch on its way to Inchudi also detoured through the rural pockets; camps were organized at selected points in the rural tracts to accord welcome to the satyagrahis and to hold meetings.
They have developed so much of disgust for the Government officials that they refuse to talk to them. Even when they are dying, they would not give them a drop of water to drink. These people are boycotting the Government people to such an extent that they even refused water to the representatives of The Samaja and the Asha, suspecting that they were Government people. After the arrest of the first batches of satyagrahis, new groups were formed to proceed to Inchudi. One such group, styling itself as “Louha Stambha Bahini” (“Iron Pillar Brigade”), started its march from Balasore town to Inchudi.