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That cart is not drawn by an animal. Those of you who have not visited the city of Kolkata nor have had the chance to read or hear - this is a Riksha Wallah. He pulls that cart with his hands while another human being sits behind. This still continues to be a mode of transport in parts of Kolkata, probably one of the only cities in the world that still holds onto this scar.
Some would argue that this is atleast better than begging on the streets and what were to happen to him, his family and others like him if the state was to ban, hand pulled rikshaw. And when we have time to get over with the intellectual debates that we educated Indians are most proficient at, we could spare a few moments of thoughts on this.
This was shot on a bright sunny day in streets of Kolkata, in Novemeber 2011. While I sat in an airconditioned cab, this gaunty aged man (or perhaps he just looks older) waited for customers. Another shot below, a close cropped frame, a more artistic take which tells the same story yet in a different way.
So what is right, allow these men a choice to continue this or put an end to this 'inhumane' profession.