Edges of Empire

KNW 2399: Edges of Empire

Wine Vendors Third World


This photographs shows three Indian, who are called bhandaris (wine vendors). Their profession is to collect sap from palm trees and ferment it, turning it into a wine. These men obviously live in poverty, which can be seen by the clothes they wear and how skinny they are. They sit outside a house built from wood with windows, so it is clear to see that these men wait and rely on the sales from the British colonizers. It is unknown how much money these men make but an interesting question to consider would be: Is there life better with the introduction of Europeans to India or worse? They are all very dark skinned which is the main difference between the light skinned Europeans. The color of their skin is what Europeans turn to when they argue that they are superior. Having white skin in the eye of Europeans instantly means superiority.

#India #Colonialism #ThirdWorld

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