In pictures: Life in Dharavi


Slum clearance

"The illegal construction can be removed at any time," insists the police officer supervising the slum clearance. Most of the Dharavi slum was settled illegally by poor migrants, although many families have now lived there for decades. But many in the middle classes hold deep antipathy towards Mumbai's seven million slum-dwellers. They see them as holding up the city's much-needed modernisation by clinging to illegal land.

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