Q&A: 'Slum-dwellers are the backbone
of labour force'
Ruzbeh N Bharucha wears several hats. Once a journalist, he is now a documentary film-maker and writer. His latest book, Yamuna Gently Weeps, chronicles Delhi's Pushta slum demolitions. Avijit Ghosh speaks to Bharucha about the dark side of urbanisation:
Your book claims
that about 150,000 people from 40,000 families lived on the banks of Yamuna? What has
happened to them?
The remaining 80 per cent were forced to take refuge on the streets along with their salvaged belongings, until they found some way out of their miserable plight. Remember, you demolish one slum, you create 10 smaller slums as the displaced don't go back to their villages. They have nothing to go back to.
living in these slums were Bangladeshis. What is your view on this?