Mumbai’s Asalpha Slum Makeover is Inoffensive. And Purposeless

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Mumbai’s Asalpha Slum Makeover is Inoffensive. And Purposeless

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ince December last year, a new project in Mumbai has caused mild ripples online. As is the case with any urban beautification drive, the Chal Rang De team’s initiative to prettify the supposedly unattractive walls of Siddhivinayak slum in Asalpha, a neighbourhood in the Mumbai suburb Ghatkopar, has been followed with breathless – and unquestioning – excitement.

The team has managed to change the area’s look by painting the walls of the squatter establishment. Viewed from the passing Metro train, it looks like a massive, vibrant Piet Mondrian canvas.

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