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Man-made Mumbai


6 Man Made Mumbai

WORLDbytes first overseas report is from Mumbai in India – the largest city in the world. A WORLDbytes film crew travelled there to produce some unique reportage with Sadhvi Sharma, a WORLDwrite volunteer and Mumbai resident. In this first programme Sadhvi shows us around this expanding metropolis and points to the amazing development that has transformed the cityscape and the lives of those who live there.

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margo_ said:

That’s indeed a refreshing report,showing us another facet of the developing world and especially India. Refreshing to see images of wealthy, developped and further developing Indian population rather than the overshown starving and desolated part of the population. However, this latter part of the population shouldn’t be forgotten and this report would probably need to balance the situation more.
About the sustainable development debate going on in the previous comments, I wonder why this notion of sustainable development seems necessary associated with limited progress. I personally believe in the concept of sustainable development. I don’t mean that rich Indian should get access to as much as we do in the west, I mean that maybe the mordern western conception of progress shouldn’t necessary be the prevailing one, even in Western countries actually …

redvan said:

So refreshing to see a report that doesn’t patronise or scare-monger, but really celebrates the products of large-scale development. Mumbai undoubtedly has a lot of problems, but to judge from the sea link it’s definitely heading in the right direction.

pmgabriel3 said:

As someone who is doesn’t know anything about Mumbai, I found this to be an informative report. What stood out for me was sheer scale of the Bandra Worli Sea Link. That was impressive. My only quibble is that I wished the reporter had pursued the question she posed right at the beginning concerning whether or not the people of Mumbai were learning bad habits from the west. I think that if she had interviewed some people who supported that point of view, the report as a whole would have been more balanced. Apart from this minor quibble, I really enjoyed this report.

Sil said:

Excellent report. Indian’s bigging up their country’s take off and rightly so, I’d say. Why would you want to live with less choice, less infrastructure, less convenience, and ultimately less growth when we can create and have much much more. I particularly like how the film emphasises that Mumbai is man made, as something to celebrate rather than deride. A far cry from the guilt trips that environmentalism is showering onto the human legacy!

karenmcc said:

Interesting to see a completely different view from the usual images of Mumbai and its slums. I’d like to hear a response from the critics of the Mumbai shopping malls after seeing this report.

Sil said:

Ritcom, do you think that educating young kids will miraculously dream them out of poverty? I understand that perhaps that’s not what you mean to say but quite frankly this emphasis on education that is a part of every NGOs mantra for poverty ridden places is just lame and empty… The answer to the horrid poverty you saw is large-scale MASSIVE development.

rictom said:

I am not against of creating massive shoppings malls in India. What I’d like to mention is I’ve been to India. Especially, Mumbai is very raw. It is a city of multi-contrasts. However, when you face situations like seeing children sleeping on street paths which is so shocking and also terrifying.
My aim is not to make a wrong critic about India. Instead, if this country could give a shelter and education to all the children left alone throughtout the country it would be a good beginning.

worldwrite said:

Ritcom’s comments sum up why this video is so important and so refreshing. Mumbai has shopping malls now in growing numbers precisely because large numbers of people have been lifted out of poverty due to economic growth. ‘Sustainable development’ plans which amount to small scale, basic needs, survival only schemes, have not lifted anyone out of poverty anywhere but have sadly re-defined ‘just getting by’ as development. India needs, wants and aspires to ever greater economic growth to lift millions more out of poverty allowing ever more Indians access to terrific shopping malls and a better life. Wanting richer Indians to have less than we have in the West amounts to wanting more Indians to stay poor. Thats appalling but sadly the prevailing sentiment in the West.

imlovinit said:

I completely disagree with Ritcom above, India’s poverty will not be solved by aspiring to less or Western ‘sustainababble’ in fact thats the last thing India needs – sustainable development denies people the shopping malls and so on which rich and poor want and should have. Demanding more and championing the best is a far better way forward.

rictom said:

Undoubtedly, India has increased the life quality of its population. However, in a country where the inhabitants exceed 1 billion, there’s still lot of poverty and people starved in indian slums. India primarily needs a sustainable scheme for its people rather than building up shopping malls for top class indians.

naomilamb said:

A fantastic film. It highlights the improvements that have occurred in recent years across Mumbai. The increase in development means an increase in choice for the majority of people. Surely choice is the most important ideology of a democracy. I think it is appalling that certain arrogant westerners criticise India for its growth in consumerism. It is evident to me from this film that the people in Mumbai are happy with the improvement to their standard of living. Well done for showing us a refreshing argument to the debate on growth in the developing world!

laurenboyle said:

An enlightening depiction of Mumbai, India in lucrative commercial and consumer development. I commend this film for highlighting the progressive efficacious urban modernity of Mumbai, opposed to the often destitute images we see on mainstream TV. For a place which accommodates “double the population of London”, I cannot comprehend why the west would criticize such convenient material growth, after all it is a human necessity!

imlovinit said:

wow this is brilliant and really revealing, we never see Indians in shopping malls only in slums, neither do we usually hear about their aspirations..I’m seriously stunned although shouldn’t be I’m sure