Professor Gupta explored and expanded on some of the themes that he has been writing about concerning India as a modern state post 1990’s liberalization.
Some startling facts that came out were regarding rural India and the agricultural society that still employs 60% of the population but only now accounts for 17% of GDP. This he fluidly relates to the use and importance of “land” in India.
Land in India has symbolic, social and cultural notions attached to it that I have to some extent been exploring in my own work, Salt / Land & People project.
Professor Gupta linked many of the unanswered questions with fluidity and presented the results of his research that will allow me to explore further through photography my own investigations into land and India.
Copyright Brijesh Patel : Rural Bengal from a train, B&W, Iford 400.