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Isand , Kalol , District - Gandhinagar , Pin Code - 382740 .
State: Gujarat

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Oct 08 2016 (08:52) Accessing art at a railway station (www.thehindu.com)
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A public initiative is bringing art to everyday commuters
Hundreds of visitors at platform number eight of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus — the erstwhile Bori Bunder railway station — will be invited to participate in creating artworks for one of the city’s largest public art initiative, ‘ Art [en]counters ’, which will kick off with ‘Bori Bunder @ Platform 8’ this weekend.
The event has been organised by ArtO2 (Art Oxygen), a public art initiative that supports new and existing talent in India. “The project celebrates the multitude skills that the city harnesses,” says
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Leandre D’Souza, co-founder and curator of ArtO2.
The project is also a collaboration with Art Together Ltd (Hong Kong), Institute of Contemporary Indian Art — The Arts Trust (India), and TAG Contemporary (Italy), bringing several international artists to the city. In its seventh edition, Art [en]counters will feature 11 artists, including Peggy Chan, Owais Husain, Andrea Coretto, Pradeep Mishra and Emilio Leofreddi.
This weekend, at the South Mumbai railway station, home-grown artists Teja Gavankar will give people a sheet of paper, urging them to create different shapes by folding and curving the edges. She will then make videos of the different forms and later create sculptures inspired by these. Over the last week, Gavankar has been going around other train stations in the city to engage people in the same exercise. “The response from people has been awesome,” says the artist. “I was expecting to get a certain number of forms, but the different kinds I received were beyond my imagination. I learnt and experienced first hand that Mumbai is truly a city [with a] multitude of skills and talents.”
The aim of the annual initiative is to engage people with art. “And to understand and celebrate different knowledge capacities through interaction, which could influence and stimulate artworks,” says D’Souza. Using another medium to start a conversation about train stations with commuters is Hong Kong-based artist Wong Chun Hoi. He started working on his project on October 2, where he spoke with commuters. Hoi’s inquiries were simple: what they were doing there, and whether they like the train station, among others.
The answers: some visit the bathroom, others sleep there, and many use the free WiFi. All these replies have been recorded and will be presented as a two-hour long broadcast on Saturday.
“Almost 80 per cent of the respondents told me that they don’t like the stinky smell and the huge crowds at the station,” says Wong. That made the artist realise how the space is not just a beautiful colonial-architecture building, but extends itself to the other unpleasant aspects of public travel. In fact, almost all want to see a change in the form of an air conditioner. “It’s interesting how people look at themselves in the space as well,” adds Wong.
Hong Kong-based artist Chun Yiu Wai takes public participation and engagement to another level by asking people to invest money in creating an artwork. He will place an ‘art vending machine’ on the platform, essentially a computer on a wooden frame, which will be activated every time a commuter puts in any amount of money. The computer will begin to draw some part of the planned art work every time it receives money.
This exercise would continue until the entire work is created. “He wants people to invest money in the work and artist’s survival,” says D’Souza.
The project is a comment on the art market, questioning how monetary value is attached to art and the role and responsibility of an artist. Moreover, it talks about the importance of investing artists and their process. “What is most interesting is that the work will make investors out of the commuters, most of whom would have perhaps never entered an art gallery,” says the curator.
After spending two days creating them, the completed artworks will then be displayed at Sir JJ School of Arts and ICIA gallery till the end of November.
The author is a freelance writer
For the exact schedule and details, log onto artoxygen.org
Feb 19 2015 (17:28) Railway workers bear the brunt of India’s labour reforms - Equal Times (www.equaltimes.org)
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RAILWAY WORKERS BEAR THE BRUNT OF INDIA’S LABOUR REFORMS by Sindhu Menon
Recent labour reforms by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government have increased the power of Indian employers to practice contract labour.
[en]A woman carries a child and walks on a railway platform at a station in Hyderabad, India. [fr]Une femme portant un bébé marche le long d’une station ferroviaire à Hyderabad, en Inde. [es] Una mujer lleva a un niño y camina por la plataforma del tren en la estación de Hyderabad, India.
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by raising the threshold for the registration of contractors from 20 to 50 employees, the principal employer and contractor are even less accountable for larger swathes of the Indian workforce.
Following the government’s lead, Indian Railways – which is India’s largest employer with around 1.31 million permanent staff – is gearing up to outsource even more of its services into private hands.
Over 23 million passengers use Indian Railways every day. And serving them are hundreds of thousands of contract workers hired by labour brokers and recruitment agencies.
It is difficult to get exact figures but KN Sharma, the national vice president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BJP’s trade union wing) told Equal Times that a conservative estimate would be 400,000 contract workers on Indian Railways, although the true figure is suspected to be much higher.
Besides the cleaning of the trains, platforms and railway tracks, another major category of contract worker is those who supply, wash and maintain the bedding on sleeper trains.
During any long distance journey in an air-conditioned (AC) carriage, attendants are on hand to provide passengers with two bed sheets, a blanket, a pillow and a face towel for use during the journey.
Working as a coach attendant has never been particularly well-paid – even permanent staff employed by the railways only get a maximum of about 20,000 rupees (US$330 a month).
But what used to be a relatively pleasant job is fast-coming a place where workers’ rights are abused, particularly as the work is increasingly being outsourced to private companies. “I’ve been an attendant for many years, and I can tell you, things have gone from bad to worse,” Rajesh [who declined to give his surname for fear of losing his job] told Equal Times.
“We work for days on end with hardly any sleep and are abused by the passengers and our employers alike,” he says.
Only four to six attendants are on hand to serve hundreds of passengers on every journey and attendants work for an entire journey – even the long distance ones.
In the case of those working on the Vivek Express (comprising four routes, one of which is the longest train route in India at 4236km), shifts can continue for days on end.
“Our journey is for five days and we work for 80 hours continuously,” said one worker. “The condition of the contract worker is pathetic,” says Rajesh Nimbalkar, state secretary of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) in Maharashtra.
“Most contract workers are aged between 20 and 25 years old. They are paid about 4500 rupees (US$70) per month. While on the train, they are provided with meals but on halt days, before embarking on the return journey, workers have to fend for themselves.”
And if any of the stock goes missing, the attendants are held responsible. “A missing blanket costs us 850 rupees (US$13), a sheet or pillow costs 300 rupees (US$5), and each missing face towel costs 75 rupees (US$1),” says one contract worker who asked to remain anonymous.
 
The workers’ plight
According to Nimbalkar, contract workers on Indian Railways are not paid any medical allowance nor are they covered under any health insurance policies.
Agencies lure new recruits with promises of free food, free travel and easy work but the reality is quite different.
“It’s far from truth”, says Jiju, a bedroller.
“Since passengers board from all stations, we have to be awake throughout the journey. We do not have a specific place to sleep, but we share the space outside the coach with the mechanics team. Sometimes we have to sleep in the linen cupboards near the toilets,” he said.
Train passengers often complaint about the poor service provided by bedroll attendants and the poor standard of the linen, which is sometimes stained and torn.
“We can only give what we have. The contractor says they cannot afford to replace the linen regularly, so it gets old quickly,” says Dudu, another young recruit.
If any passenger money or property goes missing during a train journey, again, it is the bedroll workers who are held responsible.
“I was accused of stealing money from a passengers berth,” said one worker called Chandran.
“He claimed to have left the money under his pillow while going to the washroom. The case is still pending.”
If found guilty, Chandran will lose his job.
But the bedroll workers do not feel they have a choice but to accept things the way they are.
“We are an unorganised workforce, with no one to air our concerns to,” says Jiju. Recently, a group of workers from Kerala that attempted to unionise their workforce were fired, sending a very clear message to other Indian Railway workers. There is a glimmer of hope, however. While presenting the railway budget for 2014-2015, India’s then Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda (now replaced by Suresh Prabhu) announced plans to improve the housekeeping services which are currently operational on around 400 trains.
Bedroll workers are hoping that this will translate into more job opportunities, better contractors, and improved salaries – but only time will tell.
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