I'll say this, the use of the word "slumdog" itself does not bother me much. Since THAT film, it's really become just another term.
What annoys me, though, is the tone in the passages where the word is used, and the implications of those passages. Slumdogs, we learn, are "wallowing in illiteracy, poverty and ignorance".
"Wallowing"? Has the author of these words been to a slum? If s/he goes expecting to stumble on such wallowers, I suspect s/he will come home rather surprised. Yes, there's poverty in our slums (though often matched with intense enterprise), but there are plenty of literate folks who are by no means ignorant.
It's the assumption that slums are filled with these wallowers that gets me.
And it's the implicit acknowledgement in the words: that despite our billionaires and the world's 4.673-highest valued sports league and millions of cars, this is a country where too many people live hardscrabble lives. It's not an admission easily made these days, but it emerges unwittingly in words like these. Assumptions like these.
I refer, all through, to this report.