People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 14, 2006
Supreme Court judgment outrightly rejecting any relief for slum dwellers who are
living on public land is singularly inhumane and unjust. It betrays a callous
approach to the poor and the homeless. People migrate in large numbers to cities
as they are either landless or have no means of livelihood in the rural areas.
If slum dwellers have to be removed from public land it should be incumbent upon
the government to provide them alternative housing sites before they are
evicted. It would have been better if the two-member bench had pointed out the
failure of the State to provide the elementary right to housing for its
in the wake of an earlier judgment directing the removal of all hawkers from the
pavements and roads, it is disturbing that the highest court of the land shows
itself so cut off from the realities faced by the common people.