Wednesday, October 20, 2010


"We were left in the jungle,
listening to all the
animal voices around us.
A lot of tension,
a lot of stress.
We were crying all the time"

Best estimates suggest somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 Dalit (lower-class) families have had their homes destroyed in connection with the Games.

Dinesh Kumar, 46, was forced to stand in the street with his wife and three children and watch the work of the Delhi Development Corporation (DDA) bulldozers. "There was no prior notice," he explains. "They came with police and demolished our homes within minutes. We were given nothing at all."

Research by the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) shows almost £100m have been diverted from poverty reduction projects for Delhi's three million slum dwellers toward extra funding for building stadia.

Excerpts from " COMMON WEALTH GAMES: IS DELHI STILL DREAMING?" writeup - courtesy:

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