All photos by Bismillah Geelani. Hear/read his accompanying radio report.
See the Puppeteers’ Colony as it was prior to the start of demolition.
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Paramilitary troopers and police are now everywhere in the streets of Kathputli (Puppeteers’) Colony.
Municipal workers are no longer servicing the area and garbage piles up on the streets.
City offials have been meeting with residents to try to persuade them to move out. A flat screen monitor shows a rendering of high rises planned for the area.
Kathputli residents gather to protest home demolitions and forced relocations. Many do not trust government promises of discounted housing in the planned new development.
Residents crowd around a bulldozer that has begun demolishing a wall to force it to retreat.
The Kathputli Colony is reputedly the world’s largest neighborhood of traditonal artists and street performers. A resident addresses the media.
Rubble from demolished homes turn into a layer of garbage left to accumulate to pressure residents to leave.