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Dharavi: Reaching for the sky

08.06

Dharavi: Reaching for the sky

Welcome to Dharavi where residents are reaching for the sky. They want Dharavi to surpass London as a great city. Unlike the poverty tourism and accolades awarded to communitarian slum living by the likes of Prince Charles and Kevin McCloud, Dharavi residents think big. Sadhvi Sharma takes us through the streets and introduces us to aspirant families for whom Dharavi is a place of transition. The least we can do, she argues, is support their aspirations.

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Hilda said:

Different stories but one purpose. The people living in this slum can build the hospitals, schools and malls they desire by coming together with community efforts. It can be done.

Mark Harrop said:

Excellent, uplifting film – so good to see industrious and optimistic people.

One wonders whether Prince Charles would consider a swap seeing as how he likes it so much.

Randolph Ferry said:

In the hands (or brains) of some people the idea of ‘community’ becomes a trap. I’m glad some Dharavians are keen to get out of their trap.

Funke said:

The hopes and dreams of the people representing Dharavi are sweet, childlike and noble.

Modern civilization may have corrupted many in the West, but is development responsible or short-sighted selfishness – progress is after all an inanimate value, a resource like any other which can be useful or abused.

Irrespective of the fact that certain parts of the world have lost their cultural innocence, it isn’t fair to keep others on ground level to preserve something of the glorious past.

Admittedly, the grass always looks greener on the other side, as cinema depictions of London and New York portray the best aspects of its reality, but a balance should be achievable.

shreya said:

This report is great way to get people to understand that slum life is full of people who are working harder than ever to grow with their rapidly developing country. India has a long way to go, but the fact that people are educating their children and looking to a brighter future where they do have all the comforts of the western world creates the impetus for change.

Carol said:

Well said Callum (below).

A great little report. I must admit, I’ve not seen the film mentioned, but we see too much of this kind of poverty. I’m really pleased to see and hear people of Dharavi not wanting to settle for what they have and aspiring for much, much better lives for themselves and their kids. Well done Sadhvi.

S Kelly said:

slum land in transition – like it

georgie said:

What an amazing report we don’t usually hear what local residents think and want only celebrity voices or tv wannabes crying a lot. This is so refreshing and it looks so poor to me but their aspirations have not gone down the pan-amazin

Callum said:

Oh its Hailey again (below) wish for less yourself if you don’t like London and swap with someone in Dharavi.

Hailey said:

Yeah but do they know the problems we have in London, over crowding, transport problems, pollutions, expensive housing and so on. I

Milkovitch said:

Too right we want to turn slums into great cities and if that means malls so be it-its obvious thats what people want . We need more reports like this telling the truth.

Jane Richards said:

Brilliant. Wow what a refreshing report you kind of know this is what the local residents want and think but Westerners can’t ever say it- due to their own disenchantment with all we have. While these Indian residents want a great city our own lack of any sense of community means we big up the idea of ‘community’ in the slums. Ms Sharma is so right we should support their aspirations all the way.