Interviews

The interviews here provide a context that helps us understand the reasons for the closure of the mills, the nexus between state, mill owners and the building lobby, citizens initiatives and workers’ struggles to resist the privatisation of public lands. They also explore cultural dimensions of the working class world in Girangaon.

Darryl D’Monte

Darryl D’Monte, noted journalist and author of Ripping the Fabric, speaks about the political economy of the mill lands and citizens’ initiatives.
Darryl D’Monte – Interview Transcript

Datta Iswalkar

Datta Iswalkar, trade unionist, gives us an insider’s account of the Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti and its innovative struggles to seek justice for the workers.

Gayatri Singh

Gayatri Singh, lawyer and activist, explores the legal issues in this context.
Gayatri Singh – Interview Transcript

Neera Adarkar


Neera Adarkar, architect, activist and author of One Hundred Years One Hundred Voices provides a critical overview of the housing issue and workers’ struggles around this.
Neera Adarkar – Interview Transcript

Ramu Ramanathan


Ramu Ramanathan, author of Cotton 56 Polyester 84, gives as insight into history of cultural movements around mill workers in Mumbai.
Ramu Ramanathan – Interview Transcript

Narayan Surve

Narayan Surve, talking about his life and work around the sildenafil madrid mills in Mumbai.
Narayan Surve – Interview Transcript