"It has to be admitted that the slum problem of Bangalore City is a gigantic one." (Dietrich, 1986)


Slums in Bangalore

A slum is a neighborhood consisting of poor, lower class people, who often cannot afford the basic necessities of life, such as sanitation and clean water. People who live in slums make money by working jobs that pay very little, or they work within their slums as street vendors. Currently, one third of the world’s population resides in slums, the urbanization and constant growth of developing cities has forced people to move into these small, cramped spaces. The sociopolitical effects of globalization have not been uniform, particularly in cities in the developing world.” (Madon, 2002) This is not just a problem in the city of Bangalore, but it is a worldwide issue. These slumdwellers are dying every day from diseases and malnutrition caused by the filthy living conditions they are living in.


900,000 people in Bangalore live in 800 different slums across the city. This graph shows the number of slums in each area of the city.


Slum Jagatthu, or Slum World, is a magazine published by Isaac Arul Selva, a slumdweller himself. The magazine’s mission is to act as a voice for slumdwellers, and also to raise awareness about different political issues pertaining to slums. There are many contributors to the magazine, who write about issues from women’s issues to the importance of clean water. These authors all live in various slums, and most of them are uneducated dropouts. The magazine tries to tell readers that education is essential in order to understand many of the issues going on around them.



This is a documentary about slum life in Bangalore.

The Government wants to evict many of these slumdwellers and place them in areas on the outskirts of town, far away from the thriving metropolis of the city. Slumdwellers in Bangalore must have basic essentials in order to live, but still live in an area where their jobs are within a reasonable distance. Officials claim this is being done in the name of “public health and city beautification,” (Dietrich, 376) but many slumdwellers feel that they have rights to their land and deserve to stay in a place where they can continue to survive, barely.


by: Rachel Phelps