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Two quacks and one health centre

By Amina Khatoon

Girls in densely-populated Priya Manna Basti, Howrah, are married off at 14 to 18 years of age. They begin childbearing immediately. There is no sexuality/health awareness conducted by the state in this Muslim settlement, with disastrous consequences

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City of waste

In Part 5 of the series on urban poverty in Priya Manna Basti, Kolkata, Amina Khatoon recounts the absence of the most basic civic amenities: around 20 families share one toilet; excreta and waste flow into open drains; 38% of women get no healthcare during pregnancy

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The struggle for education: A chronicle of neglect

By Amina Khatoon

This is the story of Priya Manna Basti’s struggle since 1931 to keep education alive by setting up community schools and libraries funded by 1-anna donations from households. It is a chronicle of state neglect

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The school of life

At the root of the growing poverty in Priya Manna Basti is the absence of quality education. Only 10% of the residents have finished secondary education, and only 5% are graduates. Around 50% of children of school-going age are out of school. Amina Khatoon points out the reasons for these shocking statistics in the third part of her series on urban poverty

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For 40,000 people, this is home

By Amina Khatoon

Twenty people to 100 square feet, 100 people to a single toilet, open drains, illegally “hooked” electricity, young men wrapped in plastic sheets sleeping out in the rain….Part 2 in our series on urban poverty in Priya Manna Basti, Howrah

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48 bigha zameen: The birth of Priya Manna Basti

In Part 1 of a series on urban poverty in a single settlement in Howrah, Amina Khatoon recounts the history of Priya Manna Basti, where she herself lives. Set up as a shantytown in the early-1900s to house migrant mill workers, little has changed a century later for the 40,000 poor Muslims who inhabit the basti

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