Slums of Chennai: Vishalakshi Thottam

For the slum dwellers of Vishalakshi Thottam hope lies in political agency.   “We need to build local structures to help ourselves,” says the 25 years old Mohandas who heads the DMK’s local office. The youth of the area have fast learned the importance of political connections but they also understand that there is no  alternative […]

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Slums of Chennai: Narikuruva Colony

For the residents of Narikuruva colony in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai visits by social workers, journalists and researchers are not too uncommon a sight. This attraction is partly due to their  unique history of being a nomadic tribe and the fact that within the urban setting they are quite awkwardly placed. Their warm hospitality and openness towards […]

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