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Struggles for Housing in a Democracy

Housing and Politics in Urban India: Opportunities and Contention by Swetha Rao Dhananka, Cambridge University Press, 2020; pp xvi + 232, `446.

Making the ‘Invisibles’ Visible

In Search of Home: Citizenship, Law and the Politics of the Poor by Kaveri Haritas, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2021; pp 194,price not indicated.

Addressing the Exclusion of Nomadic and Denotified Tribes in Urban India

When urban development is carried out from a human rights perspective and in the spirit of constitutional morality, it leads to social and economic development. Unfortunately, this is not so in the experience of highly deprived communities like the nomadic and denotified tribes, who contribute significantly in terms of intellectual and physical labour to this development but are kept away from not only its benefits, but from the city itself.

Living with Multiple Vulnerabilities: Impact of COVID-19 on the Urban Poor in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region

This article is based on a study conducted by YUVA on the heightened vulnerabilities of the urban poor during the 54-day lockdown in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It unravels pre-existing fault lines of life in the city that accrue owing to living in inadequate habitats and working in insecure livelihoods. It focuses on the linkages between state-provided relief and access to the same vis-à-vis existing entitlements and documentation. It explores emerging deprivations and barriers of access to the PDS, social security, cash transfers and loans during the pandemic.

Complicating the Feminist

Margaret Sanger’s feminism blurs the lines between the East and the West. It carries continuities and a resemblance to strands of feminism understood and promoted by contemporary liberal India and their dominant positioning vis-à-vis marginalised groups, such as Dalits, Muslims and the urban and rural poor.

Evictions of Urban Poor

In the Public's Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi by Gautam Bhan, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2016; pp 290, ₹ 825.

Living Environment and Health of Urban Poor

This paper presents and discusses primary data from a survey of 1,070 households in four poor settlements in Mumbai comprising slum-and pavement-dwellers and squatters on the living environment and health conditions. The study attempts to examine the consequences of socio-economic and environmental factors in terms of income, literacy, sanitation and hygiene for morbidity. The needs of the urban poor and their priorities are seen to be hierarchial. They need first assurance of being allowed to stay where they are and then provision of basic amenities of toilets, water supply, sewerage and drainage.

National Policy for Street Vendors

Street vendors across several Indian cities have generally been regarded as nuisance value, their presence seen as inimical to urban development. However, the range of goods and services they provide renders them useful to other sections of the urban poor and thus they form an important segment of the informal economy. A draft national policy on street vendors argues that needs of this section are vital for urban planning purposes. Regulation of vendors and hawking zones and granting vendors a voice in civic administration need to become definitive elements of urban development policy.

Morbidity and Utilisation of Healthcare Services

In India, the 'urban bias' in public spending on healthcare services has been pointed out by a number of studies. Even within urban areas, especially in the big cities, the slum population is particularly underprivileged. This study examines the patterns of morbidity and healthcare utilisation by the urban poor living in slums and resettlement colonies in Delhi and Chennai, and compares the health status of the two segments.

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