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In India, between 25% to 40% of city-dwellers are estimated to live in what are euphemistically called informal settlements. However, a slum need not remain a slum forever(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

In Indian cities, the quest for dignity

By Renana Jhabvala
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:25 AM IST
Many cities still subscribe to an unhelpful policy which enjoins that the people living in “unauthorised” colonies are not eligible to get water and sanitation from the city, although they are “authorised” citizens, holding ration cards, working in the city and contributing to its economy.
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