Occupation: Millwork

By Anand Patwardhan
20 min., 1996

Textile mills once were the backbones of Bombay’s economy, and their laborers provided the city its working class culture. Today, foreign investment and rising real-estate prices have made selling mill lands more profitable than running them. Mill ‘sickness’ is now an epidemic. OCCUPATION: MILLWORKER records the courageous action of workers who, after a four-year lockout, forcibly occupied The New Great Eastern Mill.