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Are slums the inevitable consequence of high growth or rapid urbanization? The answer seems to be no, if we go by the disaggregated slum census data.

More than income or the level of urbanization, it is the difference between rural and urban incomes that seems to dictate the level of the slum population. The examples of Chandigarh, Gujarat and Kerala seem to suggest that slums should not be seen as an inevitable consequence of growth and economic development; rather they reflect failures of governance.

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