It is now one month ago that parts of Korail Bosti in Dhaka were demolished in an eviction drive that took its inhabitants by surprise. In the aftermath of the eviction, the future of Korail was discussed at different levels and with varying degrees of media attention.
On Wednesday, 4th April 2012, parts of Korail slum were evicted. We have lived here for several months and have thus experienced the everyday life of its inhabitants in depth.
Why are people put on the streets? Why does even the question of “legality” apply indiscriminately to them and not many of who defy the law and grab lands on a daily basis? Why are laws applicable to mostly those who are powerless?
I preface with an apology. I have broken a cardinal rule: I am writing on a subject about which I know so little, that I should have no legitimate opinion. I’m writing about cricket and current events in Bangladesh, two things that completely confuse me. So I beg your forgiveness if this outsider’s view seems… Read more »