Slum life and neoliberalism in Mumbai, India -- by Stephen Marotta

 

Welcome to Mumbai, India.  Mumbai is also known as Bombay; Bombay was the name of the city while it was under colonial rule by the British.  It is located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, and is named for Mumba, a Hindu goddess.   

 

Mumbai is as economically diverse a city as any other city on the planet.  It is home to what is arguably Asia's biggest slum.  It has one of the most expensive land values in the world.  And it has grown into a megacity of 19 million people.

 

The top picture below shows the monsoon sky in Mumbai, while below that is a picture of one of the many points in Mumbai where the slum world and the neoliberal world meet.

Photo credit: http://www.funonthenet.in/images/stories/forwards/mumbai-skyline.jpg
Photo credit: http://www.funonthenet.in/images/stories/forwards/mumbai-skyline.jpg

On this site, you will be able to experience two sides of Mumbai: slum life and neoliberal dream worlds.  Mumbai is referred to by many as the slum capital of the world, epitomized by the 10-12 million slum dwellers that make their homes in one of Mumbai's many slums.  In the early 1990s, Mumbai restructured their economic policies to be in line with the predominant western economic ideology called neoliberalism.  These policy shifts have cause a wide redistribution of wealth, which manifests in the countless new skyscrapers and  luxury towers and malls of Mumbai. 

Photo credit: http://www.nextnature.net/research/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/slum1.jpg
Photo credit: http://www.nextnature.net/research/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/slum1.jpg
Source: www.mapsofindia.com
Source: www.mapsofindia.com