Don’t Redevelop the Slumdog Millionaire Slum

Source: EconLog
by Nidan Ali Basheer

“The home of the Slumdog Millionaire is finally getting its supposed emancipation. Dharavi, the vibrant and iconic slum that has often served as an image of India’s woes, is finally getting a makeover. The long envisioned Dharavi Redevelopment Project was finally given the green light by the Maharashtra and the Indian governments. The plan is to evict nearly a million people who live there and then hand over the land to a private developer who will ‘redevelop’ the slum, finally fulfilling the dreams of many-a-bureaucrat and activist. But seeing this as a cause for celebration ignores the disturbing history of ignorance of the Indian elites towards the existence of slums.” (01/23/23)