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Once the abode of the Dutch and the English, and witness to many battles and power games, the ruins (Dutch ruins as they are called) at Bheemunipatnam, near Vizag, India present a picture of desolation and decay.

The tribal population, understandably, takes no notice of their existence. In the picture, a local fisherman walks from the beach towards the highway on the other side of which is Hollanders Green, a 15th century Christian cemetery.
Bheemunipatnam was a major Dutch settlement and one of the trade centers of the Dutch East India Company, which was established in 1602. It is has been often considered as the first multinational corporation in the world and the first company to issue stock. It was also arguably the first mega-corporation, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies. (Wikipedia)
Were the colonial merchants fair? Were the rulers kind to the locals? I don’t have the answers but the dilapidated structures - on the brink of obliteration – left me with a sense of lingering despair.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 180 W: 1 N: 372] (2542)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-10-20
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-10 11:17
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