July 01, 2007

Kitna palti kiya

In which I begin a six-part series for Tehelka on a changing Dharavi.

Comments welcome.


amitscorpio said...

nice article Dilip. I was really waiting for someone to comeup with something original and from the people over there!! somehow i expected you to be the one!! waiting for rest 5 parts!! well I wrote a few lines about it sometime ago .. just a few clips from the newspapers!!



Vinod Khare said...

A really nice write up. Like all your writing, sounds very real and down to earth. Seems to give a clear picture of what is happening. These type of things are inevitable, I guess. Sooner or later the corporates would try to move in, try to cash the market. It remains to be seen who will benefit and to what degree.

Shivam Vij said...

absolutely beautiful

csm said...

dd - really nice one. the redvpt of dharavi is so hot on all radar now.

i had earlier commented on the resettlement based rehab (as opposed to insitu redvpt) in mankhurd/chandivili.
would be lovely to have you do a series on that too.

Jai_Choorakkot said...

Hi Dilip,

Very well written.
Small nitpick: did you try to get the builder's side of the story?

Hope you and Tehelka editors would agree that is as important as 'getting the name of the dog'.

Pls think abt it. It is very possible that somebody from the builders will say that "they are being magnanimous, or that 'these ppl' are getting more than they deserve" which you can quote.

This would satisfy nuisances like me with our both-sides-of-everything trip and also help the article.


thewhizard said...

I guess this is just the tip of the iceberg. Its something like a "secret known by everyone, yet no one wants to be the first to spill the beans" story. We all know of the builders lobby and their stronghold, yet everyone chooses to ignore. A recent example would be the burning of the SRA office and of important, incriminating documents. It happened and just about everyone realized the folly, a hue and cry was raised -- but after all is said and done -- corruption rules the roost. The malaise is much more deeper than what is exposed in the media. It was rightly said: Editor's the world over separate the wheat from the chaff and print the chaff. After all, even the media is a business enterprise and few can afford to offend advertisers. No wonder TOI is the leading newspaper.