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The rich-poor divide in Mumbai

Last updated on: October 19, 2011 17:24 IST

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Mumbai is land of some of the world's richest people. It is also home to the world's poorest. It is a city of swanky malls and shabby chawls (slums).

It's a city where skyscrapers exist with sprawling slums. In India's financial capital, the rich-poor divide is a stark reality...

Despite India's economic growth, the gap between richer and poorer households has not been bridged.

One of the world's top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, Mumbai is also home to Asia's largest slum.

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Image: A homeless boy holds biscuits that he received as alms as he takes shelter from rain in front of a fast food shop in Mumbai.
Photographs: Arko Datta/Reuters.
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While half of the city's population lives in slums, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, lives in this posh 27-storey building, named Antilia.

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Image: Mukesh Ambani's residence.
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Women wash themselves outside their shanty in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai. Over 40 percent of India's almost 1.2 billion population live in poverty.

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Image: Dharavi.
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By 2014, India's financial capital will have the world's tallest residential building!

Lodha Developers plans to build the world's tallest residential tower at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore (Rs 20 billion) in central Mumbai.

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Image: WorldOne Tower.

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Commuters travel in a suburban train in Mumbai.

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A bartender prepares a drink for customers at a bar in a luxury hotel in Mumbai.

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A homeless child tries to drink water from a plastic container on a beach in Mumbai

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An Aston Martin One-77 is displayed on a stage in Mumbai.

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Children eat in their make-shift home in an unused waterpipe in Mumbai.

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Image: Poor children in Mumbai.
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Employees of the Taj Palace Hotel walk inside the heritage wing of the hotel in Mumbai.

 

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Five-month-old Rahul sleeps in a hammock next to a outdoor shop along a sidewalk in Mumbai.

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Image: Rahul sleeps in a hammock.
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US socialite Paris Hilton poses for photographers inside a shopping mall during the launch of her new line of handbags and accessories in Mumbai.

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Image: US socialite Paris Hilton in Mumbai.
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Zara, 7, plays suspended from wires on a trampoline at a fun fair outside a shopping mall in Mumbai.

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Image: Zara, 7, plays suspended from wires.
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People walk in front of the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai

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Image: Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai.
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A labourer works with a pulley inside a motor pump workshop in Mumbai.

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Specially bred dogs have been becoming more popular with Indian families as their incomes rise and people look to adopt pets.

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Image: Mohan Silva sits on a park bench in the evening with his eight-month-old specially bred miniature schanuzer, Smokey in Mumbai.
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A child living with his family on a pavement stands in front of a wall covered with graffiti in Mumbai.

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Artists put finishing touches on the idols of Ganesh, the Hindu deity of prosperity, at a workshop in Mumbai.

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Image: Artists put finishing touches on the idols of Ganesh.
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A girl sits on a rail track in a slum in Mumbai.

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Decorative lights illuminate the facade of La Mer, the building where Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai owns a flat.

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Image: Decorative lights illuminate the facade of La Mer.
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A general view of Dharavi, considered Asia's biggest shantytown, is seen in Mumbai.

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An employee arranges bags at a Gucci showroom in Mumbai.


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Image: Gucci showroom in Mumbai.
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Tairabi Pathan, 40, who took a loan of rupees 10,000 ($220) from a micro finance company to start her own business, arranges her goods for sale at the side of a road in a slum area in Mumbai.

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Image: Tairabi Pathan at her shop.
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An Airbus A380 aircraft prepares to land at Mumbai international airport.

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A worker transports kerosene oil in a bullock cart to retail outlets in Mumbai

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A worker cleans the glasses of a shopping mall in Mumbai

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Construction workers look at a F1 racing car on display during a promotional event of an international clothing brand at a shopping mall in Mumbai.


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