Yes! Human Lives in India’s Slums

By | September 12, 2018

Yes! Human Lives in India’s Slums

“Poverty is Worst form of violence” –
said by Mahatma Gandhi ji.
Dr. Martin Luther King expressed his
view as: –
“As long as there is poverty in this
world, No man can be totally rich even if he has a billion dollars”.

Truly! As in this modern age humanism disappeared, and when we see exploitation of resources, human, systems & Law. we really in need of these kinds of thoughts and leaders who genuinely think about welfare and not only politics. Today the human has become machine, and flaunts on false status. poverty is craving the whole world like a monster, and spreading like anything hell. Poverty shove people living in slums, and make them unprivileged. I often wonder, who really are responsible if someone is poor, can anyone be self-responsible for their poorness? This can be true in individual scenario, but not when the large portion of society is poor. In that case it is sure it’s not self-fault but others. Somehow, someone
else made them poor to become himself or his love ones rich. And I believe it is a kind of responsibility of those people and government to work for their welfare.

What Government survey says:

According to report published in: Slums in India – A statistical compendium 2015 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation & National Buildings Organization of India.

  • There are 65.49 million slum inhabitants in total live in 13.92 million households
  • Out of 4041 statutory towns, 2613 cities/towns (including 19 census towns in NCT of Delhi and one census town in Uttar Pradesh) have reported slums
  • Four States/UTs- Manipur, Daman & Diu, Dadra and
    Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep have not reported any slum
  • The slum population constitutes 5.4 percent of the total population of the country
  • The slum population constitutes 17.4 percent of the
    total urban population
  • The slum population constitutes 22.4 percent of the total population of the 2613 slums reporting towns.

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Delhi Government says in his report: –

  • About 6343 slums with approximately 10.20 lakhs households were estimated to be in existence in urban Delhi in 2012.
  • About 90% of slums were built on public land, owned mostly by local bodies (46%), railways (28%) and state government (16%), etc.
  • 16.19% of the slums have cropped up along nallah/drain, around 27.64% along railway lines, approximately 27.73% at open places/parks and the remaining 28% of the slums at other places.

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If we believe the data above are correct, we can assess how the situation is getting bad to worse. These
are the official and documented data, but nobody writes or talk in what scenario they are surviving.

The scene behind the survey: –


You can find these slums near railway track or bank of sever surrounded by the pools of stinking water. The dirty water overflows and accumulates in the low-lying area on the side of the street, the heaps of garbage lying everywhere has breeding heaven for mosquitos and flies. Lacking safe drinking water. The water pipe has broken at a few places. It serves the purpose of baths and washing of clothes by the slum dwellers. Knee deep water stands on the street/Road of these slums and some time it enters the houses, foul-smelling and full of germs and silt, and people of the area fall victim of dangerous diseases like flue, malaria, dengue, cholera, diheria, gastroenteritis every year. The low- paid factory workers, wage earners, rag pickers and poor laborer lives there. It can the children play silly games on the heaps of garbage in the absence of playground. Women safety is big concern in these areas. To overcome perhaps they became drug addicts, drinking and then creating scene and indulge in anti-social activities. These slums are in a deplorable state.

 Requirement of serious action: –

Society is a human institution with bundle of problems. It is necessary to tackle the social problems of the county first before we aspire to orient. It for great change. The need of social reforms was greatly felt after our country got independence. It was not possible to adjust the democratic set up with the thinking of the people if their social conditions remained unchanged. The industrialists regard the welfare work of the labor class as a wasteful liability. Housing is another acute social problem of India. Housing should be accorded adequate priority in national planning.

Requirement of patriotism and to see whole world as a country: –

When we call ourselves patriotic, then we know patriotism mean intense love and support to one’s country. And our country expects from every citizen that he or she should cherish an abiding love and concern for her. It is also means emotional sentimental and intellectual involvement in the affairs and activities of a nation.

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