Lens View: Walking backward — a Meerut couple battles against rising population

The Talwars have been out with their mission since 1994; no one has cared to listen, but their voices have grown stronger

Lens View: Walking backward — a Meerut couple battles against rising population
A Meerut based couple and social activist Dinesh Talwar his wife Disha carrying out a campaign for population control in the country at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

A couple has taken to a unique way of protest against India’s unbridled population: walking backward. Disha and Dinesh Talwar have done so in 200 Indian towns since 1994. They have also written 6,000 letters to various political leaders over the years, but haven’t got any response.

A Meerut based couple and social activist Dinesh Talwar his wife Disha carrying out a campaign for population control in the country at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

For over 27 years, the couple has been creating awareness — wearing a placard around their neck — against population explosion in every possible way.

Reverse walk against population growth by Talwars, Meerut, India Sept 20, 2021. Video by: Rajeev Bhatt