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5 Bigha Zameen

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Swati Janu’s project 5 Bigha Zameen aims to rethink our collective imaginations of the city and question whose rights are protected in our cities, and whose eroded. 5 bigha or 1 acre is the minimum unit of land for subsistence of the farmers of Yamuna Khadar – the eastern floodplains of Yamuna in the city. While this unit of area has been long used as a guiding principle in urban planning and utopian concepts such as the Broadacre city, it is also the basic element linking the lives, livelihoods and histories of farmers who face the imminent threat of erasure from the city. The year long engagement will focus on rights based advocacy with the women of Yamuna Khadar on one hand and creating public awareness on their valuable role in the city, on the other.


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