Since Slumdog Millionaire cleaned up at the Oscars I have been watching the media bring our attention to the real slums of Mumbai. This Photo Essay in Foreign Policy has some great photos of the slums and also is quite informative about the current state of some of the biggest slums in the world. The New Yorker also published an article prior to the Oscars in anticipation of “Slumdog’s” triumph. Some are using the movie’s success as a means to highlight the extreme inequalities that exist in India. I can see why this is a good time to do that, but it is also a time for India to be proud of being the subject of such a highly acclaimed film. Unfortunatly the New Yorker has archived the article and you need to sign-in to read it.
Slums of Mumbai