Winners and losers in the new economy

Demolition of katchi abadi in I/11 has drawn much attention as the pathetic plight of the poor souls facing eviction from the callousness of the powers that be cannot be understated. To truly understand this story, though, one must acknowledge that is only one scene in a larger drama, and the poor slum dwellers and the wealthy Sharifs are not the only actors. However, this relatively minor episode is worth noting not only out of sympathy for the poor and defenceless, but because of what it says about our society more broadly.

Continue reading