Written by Kabir Arora. wastenarratives.com. 05/19/2016
Alliance of Indian Wastepickers is happy to invite you for âWaste Narrativesâ being organized at India Habitat Center. Waste Narratives is an evening of celebration of solidarities and comprises of public reading of Bicycle Dreaming with the author Mridula Koshy and interspersed by personal stories of waste-pickers â Gautham, from Amravati- Andhra Pradesh, Ratnabai Khrate, from Indore- Madhya Pradesh, Hasnoor Bi, from Deonar Dump, Mumbai- Maharashtra and one more waste picker from Delhi (name is being finalized). Panel will be moderated by Jyoti Mhapsekar, President, Stree Mukti Sangathana, Maharashtra.
Date: Thursday 2nd June, 2016
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, Habitat World, India Habitat Center, Lodi Colony, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No. 3 from Vardhaman Marg). India.
About Waste Narratives: The idea of curating Waste Narratives is to rethink our understanding of informal and informality. The event seeks to throw light on the role played by waste pickers and other informal waste workers in managing the waste of our cities, and elucidate the issues of marginalisation.
The recently released novel, authored by Mridula Koshy, is a story that revolves around a thirteen-year-old girl, Noor and her father, Mohammad Saidullah, who loses his job of pedaling his bicycle door-to-door to collect household discards. He is then forced to join the ranks of those waste pickers who work New Delhiâs landfills. Noorâs own dream of riding a bicycle is complicated by her conflicted feelings about her fatherâs livelihood.
âNoorâs father was a kabadiwala. He rode his bicycle from his home as early as seven thirty on some morningsâŠ Change was important in Mohammad Saidullahâs line of work. When he finished weighing the goods- stacks of old newspaper, used up school notebooks, not a blank page left and the covers fallen apart, glass bottles empty of ketchup and liquor, metal tins sharp edged at the rim- and named what he was willing to pay to haul away these discards, the householders all claim that they have no change. If he quoted Rs 18- a fair price for a good sized load that would earn him at least five rupees more when resold to recycling factory- they would pocket his twenty and shake their heads ânoâ. They didnât have two rupees change for him.â, Excerpt from âBicycle Dreamingâ.
Conversation with Waste-pickers
Waste-pickers â Gautham, from Amravati- Andhra Pradesh, Ratnabai Khrate, from Indore- Madhya Pradesh, Hasnoor Bi, from Deonar Dump, Mumbai- Maharashtra and one more wastepicker from Delhi (name is being finalized) will be sharing their reflections, dilemmas, struggles and victories. The panel will be moderated by Jyoti Mhapsekar, Stree Mukti Sangathana. Recently notified Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 & Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change lay important emphasize on inclusion and integration of waste pickers and informal waste dealers in solid waste management. Waste-pickers and other informal waste dealers have won the long battle of dignity, respect and inclusion. It is both a matter of pride and joy. In their reflections waste-pickers will also be speaking about the inclusion in new rules and the way forward.
Alliance of Indian Wastepickers
Alliance of Indian wastepickers is a national coalition of organizations working with waste-pickers and other informal waste workers. The alliance was created to have coordinated efforts to ensure inclusion of waste pickers in various national level policy frameworks.
For any queries, you can drop an email- Kabir.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +919663427315 and to RSVP you can visit the facebook page of the event.