This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Social Documentary Photographer Bharat Patel.
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From on going project “Nomadic Tribes of India“by Bharat Patel.
There are numerous nomadic communities in India who had played an important role in society for many generations. For centuries they had been an integral part of society and respected for providing products, services and seasonal labor as well as entertaining the villagers. Tragically they are now some of the most marginalized people of India. The pace of change has left behind many things once regarded as permanent; the lives of numerous nomadic communities in India are no exception. The relevance and value they brought to the practical and cultural lives of thousands is diminishing; the modern world is creeping in to replace a way of life that had played an important role in society for hundreds of years. Their nomadic existence stems from the need to ply their specialized trades across large areas, with an inherent lifestyle that is now inconsistent with the requirements for addresses and birth certificates and all the other paperwork and procedures stipulated by the ‘Authorities’. The communities become invisible and their ‘outside’ existence now fosters feelings of suspicion and prejudice amongst the mainstream populace.
By Bharat Patel