Angels of Ghost Street

The incredible story of social reformer Bindeshwar Pathak bringing happiness into the lives of Indian widows, told in colourful images by a major French photojournalist.

Xavier Zimbardo
Bindeshwar Pathak

24 × 30 cm
168 pages
92 photos
English
Hardcover, bound in linen,
„French Fold“-jacket
ISBN 978-3-901753-86-2
October 2015

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  • Bindeshwar Pathak

    Bindeshwar Pathak is a great humanist and social reformer of contemporary India. To the weaker sections of society especially, his [...] more

  • Xavier Zimbardo

    Xavier Zimbardo was born in France in 1955. He studied history, geography, literature and psychology at Paris University. He became [...] more

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There are 45 million widows living in India. Not so long ago, in some regions, a widow was expected to die with her dead husband on the pyre. While this is a thing of the past, widows still suffer from severe discrimination for the rest of their lives. Two years ago, Indian social reformer Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, following Ghandi’s example, decided to face the challenge of counteracting these deep-rooted ideas. In Ghost Street, Vrindavan, he opened a house for widows where they may find a new meaning for their lives. There they can learn to read and write and train for a profession. Hoping for positive media coverage, Dr Pathak planned a spectacular symbolic act to win over the public for his plans. As widows are excluded from religious ceremonies, he defied tradition and celebrated Holi, the festival of love, with hundreds of widows. This sacrilege made the headlines of many Indian newspapers and sent positive shock waves through the entire country, along with the message that India will have to adapt its traditional structures in a peaceful way.

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There are 45 million widows living in India. Not so long ago, in some regions, a widow was expected to die with her dead husband on the pyre. While this is a thing of the past, widows still suffer from severe discrimination for the rest of their lives. Two years ago, Indian social reformer Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, following Ghandi’s example, decided to face the challenge of counteracting these deep-rooted ideas. In Ghost Street, Vrindavan, he opened a house for widows where they may find a new meaning for their lives. There they can learn to read and write and train for a profession. Hoping for positive media coverage, Dr Pathak planned a spectacular symbolic act to win over the public for his plans. As widows are excluded from religious ceremonies, he defied tradition and celebrated Holi, the festival of love, with hundreds of widows. This sacrilege made the headlines of many Indian newspapers and sent positive shock waves through the entire country, along with the message that India will have to adapt its traditional structures in a peaceful way.

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Weight3 kg / 6.61 lbs
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