The two authors muster data from over 2,500 households, collected by a young and dedicated Jagori research team, to provide a meticulous description of this separation, significantly viewed through a feminist lens. The report is structured around a set of four principles accepted by the Government of India—shelter for all, economic development, quality of life, and safe environment.
One question is summarily settled through the data and the interviews—resettlement does not improve the life of the urban working class; in fact, it makes it even more difficult to survive. But three questions, that are part of the objectives of the study, remain standing tantalisingly within the contemporary social and political topography. What is legality? Can a lens be adequately gendered? Can research connect a community to larger struggles of the working poor?
A good read for those wishing to sharpen their understanding of the first question, but unclear on the last three.