ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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How the Urban Poor Live

Social Organisation in an Indian Slum by Ratna N Rao; Mittal Publications, New Delhi, 1990; pp 260 + vi.
THIS book is a valuable addition to the rather meagre literature on the poor living in slums of India's metropolitan cities. Its value lies in its comprehensive coverage and deep insights into the life of the Wadars living in a slum called Wadarwadi which is located in the north-western part of Pune. The traditional occupation of the Wadars is work on construction of buildings and roads. They are stone cutters, unskilled construction workers and masons. Most of the Wadars of Wadarwadi are engaged in these activities, although a few of them work also as 'mukadams' (labour supervisors), sub-con- tractors or contractors on construction works, messengers and clerks in government offices.

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