Feb 24, 2009
It has been a few years since slum tourism has been picking up in Mumbai. Slumdog Millionair did not start a trend, but gave plenty of fuel to the practice. Dharavi, apparently is becoming popular with the tourists.
I have had mixed opinions about tourism that takes tourists to the poorest of the places, where people live in not the best of the conditions. It seems to be in poor taste to showcase rest of the world about the conditions that some people live in. It feels rude and snobbish. But at the same time, it also seems to do good in some way. It is very much possible that some of the visitors keep coming back to help uplift the life of people living in the places they visit. Tourists also bring in flow of much needed money into people who need them. And then, trying to oppose slum tourism seems to be a way of trying to live in denial.
What is the right thing is very hard to say, and depends on the perspectives of every person. What are your thoughts? I would love to know.
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