The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law. In summary, the law "does not go far enough."
"No city worth its name wants to be seen as a den of injustice and exploitation. Cities compete to show how they are modern, dynamic, open minded, just and “world class”. They establish museums, civic spaces, plural institutions for governance and push for technology-driven approaches to designing better buildings, transport networks and delivery of services.
The hallmark of a modern city is its technological advancement as well as its capacity to enable all of its residents to meet their full human potential.
India’s treatment of its manual scavengers fundamentally denies Indian cities the right to claim the label of “just city”."
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