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On Yamuna’s dirty banks, brotherhood of the dispossessed gathers in the only place they know as home


On a scorching summer afternoon in Delhi, amid the second extension of the nationwide lockdown to prevent Covid-19 spread, I met a group of around 15 men living in a depression on the banks of river Yamuna. The spot was strategically chosen, as it was hidden from view from the main road. The Hume pipes in which the men were living contained their only belongings – a pair of new clothes, a gamcha, a bucket, and some vessels to cook and eat in.

Finding food is a challenge every day: they have no savings and employment is out of question. But ...


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