Head in India, Tail in Pak, Shimji in Jail

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Head in India, Tail in Pak, Shimji in Jail

Illustration: Mudit Ganguly

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t was a clear day in Porbandar, the port city of Gujarat. The October sun beat down as 42-year-old fisherman Shimji Babu Rathor, said goodbye to his mother, wife, and two children. As part of the crew of a fishing trawler, he would be gone for close to a fortnight.

The sea was calm as Shimji and the crew set sail. The trawler stopped nearly every hour to check if they had netted enough good quality fish. If they were lucky they would find the perfect spot within 24 hours. In over-fished waters, a good catch could be a long way out.

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