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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

India is Democracy? Devolpment at the Cost of the Poor

Democracy and development are the two words that are used often on India. But what you will think if you read this news?

India is trying hard on the facelift in some metro area, such as Mumbai, Kolkata and new Delhi where slum residents are a large part of their population. Look at the following cases in India, where is the rights of the poor?

In late 2004 or early 2005 in Mumbai, Slum demolitions in Mumbai have left tens of thousands of people without a home as the government tries to free up valuable space for development in Mumbai. Source.

In Kolkata, land has been bought from farmers for 10,000 to Rs 12,000 per acre and sold to builders for Rs 300,000 to Rs 400,000 per acre.

Now in New Delhi, Earlier this month, bulldozers and riot police moved into the slum behind the colony of Shankar Gardens. The garbage-filled streets are home to 500 poor families who live without safe drinking water, proper sanitation or health services.
It was early afternoon and most of the men in the slum, who work on construction sites, were out. Those who were around were given bottles of drink, so that they would relax. The local residents' association, which had long campaigned for the removal of the poor from their midst, came out with snacks.

By the time the authorities cleared a path through the slum, 200 huts made of bricks and galvanised steel were reduced to rubble. Puja had lost her home and her 12-day old baby son, killed in the demolition according to his parents.

These even happened in metro areas. The worst thing is that many of them are even legal in India.

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Anonymous Fortebuster101 said...

These even happened in metro areas. The worst thing is that many of them are even legal in India.

Do you realise that the slums were built illegally on govt land and the govt has all the right to remove them?

Its like someone coming over at your house illegally and you remove them and tell them not to Fuck around and get a life.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Fortebuster101 said...

*which in this case,you should get one.

1:33 PM  

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