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‘We are from Dharavi’ has become a battle cry
Jun 21, 2024
Dharavi, Asia’s largest shantytown, made famous by the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, and home to nearly a million people, is slated for demolition and redevelopment by the Adani Group. With their homes and jobs at risk, the people are fighting back.

Dharavi, Asia’s largest shantytown, made famous by the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and home to nearly a million people, is slated for demolition and redevelopment by a consortium headed by the Adani Group. What does this mean for Dharavi’s residents? Who will be re-housed and at what cost? How many hundreds of thousands of people will become homeless and jobless?

Dharavi is a major manufacturing centre, with leatherworkers, textile manufacturers, artisans, pottery workers, caterers, embroiderers, recycling businesses and deliveries that service the rest of Mumbai. What will happen to the hundreds of thousands of current residents and workers of Dharavi who have been deemed ineligible for housing in the revamped Dharavi?

People are fighting back against the government and Adani. This video shows their fighting spirit. They ask ‘who is the boss of Dharavi?’ Their campaign slogan is ‘remove Adani, save Dharavi’.

See this inspiring video about the struggle of Dharavi's million workers and residents:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGZjVsoaH0s

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‘We are from Dharavi’ has become a battle cry