Dr. Nibedita Nath
Assistant Professor and Head School of Anthropology,
Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur.
There can be no Keener revelation of a Society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Nelson, Mandela, Former president of South Africa
Fourteen years old Kulsum hates going to school because her class teacher always addresses her as parartukel (girl from a basti/slum). The teacher like most of us fails to internalize her pain of being segregated. Kulsumis attributed a category that is socially separable and by connotation represents an inferior class of humanity. As a geographical area of habitation, a slum as a dwelling unit and a slum dweller as its inhabitant acquire culturally pejor