JHARIA WAS ONCE A GREEN FOREST. COAL WAS DISCOVERED HERE IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY AND BY THE BEGINNING OF THE 19TH CENTURY MOST OF INDIA’S MINERAL RESOURCE WAS MINED HERE. AS THE IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT, MERCENARIES AND PRINCELY FAMILIES WRESTLED FOR CONTROL ON DISTRIBUTION, JHARIA WITHSTOOD THEIR GREED THOUGH EVENTUALLY BECAME SUCCESSOR TO ITS OWN SUFFERING.

WORDS AND IMAGES BY RONNY SEN

 

“A FIRE UNDERGROUND HAS BEEN BURNING SINCE, BUT ITS PRESENCE IS NOW OVERGROUND – INSIDE HOMES, TEMPLES AND SCHOOLS, IN CHURCHES AND MOSQUES-PLACES THAT WERE ONCE THRIVING WITH LIFE ARE NOW CONSUMED BY FLAMES.”
“THE END OF TIME IS MANIFESTED WITH SHARDS AND FRAGMENTS; RANDOM, SCATTERED ELEMENTS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE, AND A COMMUNITY WITHOUT A FUTURE AND PLUNDERERS OF COAL WHO MOVE FROM SITE TO SITE WITH BLASTING MINES. SURVIVAL IN AN APOCALYPTIC LANDSCAPE.”