Yamuna Gently Weeps


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Yamuna Pushta was a bustling community of 140,000 people. It included 40,000 homes, over a hundred and fifty schools, a thriving business community, numerous social organizations, and places of worship for Hindus and Muslims, all of whom lived in communal harmony. Here's a glimpse of life in Yamuna Pushta.

The drum makers: The dholak community thrived in Yamuna Pushta, as not only was the raw material available easily and the sources close to the colony, but even the markets where the drums were sold, were nearby and thus facilitated easy sale and livelihood. Read more...

Food Vendors: This eatery was managed completely by kids. In fact, in most households, the children begin work at a very young age, to contribute to the family's meager income, by working for long and often, odd hours and jobs. Read more...

Pagal Baba: Pagal Baba built a wonderful temple and provided education to several hundred children, all from the meagre income he made selling fruit for Rs. 5 a plate. Read more...



Navjyoti's Balwari (Creche): The importance of the Balwari cannot be over emphasized. Not only did the creche, allow the mothers the freedom to focus on their work at home, but also gave them an opportunity to seek employment and thus contribute to the family income. Read more...


Children: Around 50 percent of Yamuna Pushta's children worked for 8 to 10 hours a day. 60 percent of them had been assaulted or abused at least once at their workplace. One-fourth of the working children were assaulted at least once by the police. Read more...