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On edge of election season, Dharavi makeover project looks set for takeoff again

Since the Dharavi redevelopment project was conceived in 2004, successive state governments seem to have taken major decisions just ahead of elections.
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Railway minister Piyush Goyal allocates 45 acres for Dharavi’s redevelopment

The land will open the vistas for huge amount of redevelopment and slum rehabilitation, he said.
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Maharashtra govt’s plan for Dharavi makeover has just one taker

About 20 consortia had expressed an interest in the project, but only one has submitted a bid. Devendra Fadnavis’ govt has extended the deadline to 15 Jan
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Dharavi revamp gets Fadnavis govt nod: Last-ditch effort to revive project or 2019 ploy?

Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government recently approved a redevelopment plan for Dharavi. Dharavi revamp has been in the works for the last 15 years, with political parties suggesting a new model right before elections. ThePrint asks – Dharavi revamp gets Fadnavis govt nod: Last-ditch effort to revive project or 2019 ploy? Bringing govt into Dharavi redevelopment plan will reduce risks S.V.R. Srinivas Dharavi redevelopment project head, Maharashtra govt The Dharavi bid failed a number of times. In our last attempt, we gave five or six extensions to the tender but no bidder came forward. It is a huge, high-risk project with a major financial impact involved. To make it successful, we have to reduce the risk involved in the project, not just financial risk but also the risks involved in slum redevelopment in general. We have tried to address this by bringing the government in. All the previous models were developer-led. No developer was ready to...
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How Bimal Roy’s Sujata and Pa Ranjith’s Kaala show changing Dalit politics in 60 years

The long shadow of the Gandhian thought is distinctly recognisable in Sujata, a film about overcoming prejudice.
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Year before polls, Fadnavis govt looks to get Dharavi redevelopment project off the ground

After 15 years of flip-flop, Maharashtra has devised a plan to change the face of Dharavi — have a special purpose vehicle redevelop the 240-hectare slum.
For Dharavi’s leather industry, troubles are more than skin-deep

For Dharavi’s leather industry, troubles are more than skin-deep

Once famous for its leather business, Dharavi shops are badly hit by the 2015 Maharashtra govt order curbing supply of bullock hide as well as note ban and GST.

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.