February 19, 2005

Kids after the cutoff

My article on slum demolitions on India Together: read it via this link. This is also a plug for India Together. A fine effort (not just because they publish me) that deserves your support.


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Dilip D'Souza said...

Thanks Ullekh! You're very kind.

Dilip D'Souza said...


With every cutoff date, slumdwellers have been "warned" as you say.

Of course we must develop a respect for the law. It's a wonder to me that this need for respect comes up only in regard to demolishing slums.

Actually, I have two other suggestions on how to tackle the problem of slums.

One, why not have a cutoff date for births in Bombay? Let's declare that all babies born here after Jan 1 2000 are illegal. Going by the relative contributions to population growth of immigration and births, this is the far more efficient way to control population growth -- and therefore, slums.

Two, why not declare all job-creation in Bombay illegal? That way, nobody will come into the city looking for jobs, and therefore there will eventually be no more slums.

Who's going to support me here?

Please don't worry, you've never been snide! I appreciate your thoughts.