— Graphic Reflections

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Development

Rampant corruption, like the kind that exists in a country like India, takes away from the development process. To illustrate this point, in the typographical graphic above, one letter has been taken away from each set of words related to development and used to compose the word ‘corruption’ below. Though efforts are made to hide corruption by those who indulge in it, it does show up eventually, often through incomplete or less effective or shoddy development that results from corruption (as shown in the graphic).

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Those who indulge in Corruption put interests of the self (or of the corrupt) before the larger interests or goodwill of the nation.

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This graphic tries to portray the weight or pressure that India’s billion strong (and growing) population exerts on the development process of the country. To develop the country or to ‘uplift’ such a huge population, India’s development process will have to be that much stronger, weightier and tougher.

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This graphic presents the ideal sustainable development scenario, wherein equal regard is given to development/growth and nature!

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This graphic, based on the iconic computer game Pac-Man, takes a somewhat pessimistic approach and asks if India’s mighty population is ‘eating up’ the country, mainly from an environmental perspective. While India’s large (and growing) population can be advantageous in some ways, it is not hard to imagine how much pressure it exerts on the country’s finite resources.

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Communal Violence defaces and destabilises the country is what this graphic (based on the Gujarat riots of 2002) tries to portray. No religion teaches hatred, senseless destruction or killing; riots are sometimes fueled by sly political agendas and usually result in loss of life, peace and property among other things. Communal violence is almost always a setback to the development process.

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Created for a group show of posters titled ‘Invasions’ (held at Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, in May 2003), this illustration attempts to question modernisation and urbanisation, though its meaning is best left to the viewers’ interpretation.

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This typographical graphic attempts to portray that corruption has a negative impact on the development/growth of a country or economy. Instances of rampant corruption hampering developmental projects, investment, business plans, ambitions, etc. are far too many, at least in India. This graphic, ironically, also portrays how corruption is ‘tied’ to the process of growth and development wherein funds meant for development are often misused by the corrupt.

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