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Chapter 3: Accumulation, Estrangement, and Displacement
They want us to move because our homes are ugly; the government wants to make the city beautiful. Water parks, hotels, skyscrapers will replace our “dirty” homes and we will be pushed outside the city. The poor are never free, we didn't have independence under the British, we don't have freedom now—we don't have freedom to continue to live where we live. (Kurshidbhai, local organizer against the Sabarmati River Front Development [SRFD] project)
I lost my home in the 2002 riots; I was homeless for six months and lived in a relief camp. I know how it feels to lose one's home, but we have to move in order for this project to happen, I will move where the ...