In one slum, misery, work, politics, and hope

by Jim Yardley

As many as a million people live and work in Dharavi, a sprawling slum in Mumbai, India. Photo: Adam Ferguson/New York Times

MUMBAI, India — At the edge of India’s greatest slum, Shaikh Mobin’s decrepit shanty is cleaved like a wedding cake, four layers high and sliced down the middle. The missing half has been demolished. What remains appears ready for demolition, too, with temporary walls and a rickety corrugated roof.