After American talk show host Rush Limbaugh called Indian doing outsourced jobs as ‘slumdogs’, it is the turn of the Indian ‘elite’ English Newspaper, The Times of India, to address, quite unnecessarily in my opinion, children of Indian slums by the derogatory term. Basically exposes the mental poverty of our English language media.


Slumdogs get chance to learn

18 Apr 2009, 2256 hrs IST, TNN

MYSORE: If child artiste of Slumdog Millionaire walked the red carpet with perfect elan, children of slums here have a reason to rejoice. This summer vacation, they need not go for work, instead attend a summer camp organized exclusively for them.

Apart from craft lessons, children from slums of Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajnagar districts will be given lessons on child rights, personality development, environment protection, solid waste management.

The activities are part of the 30-day summer camp organized by the Rural Literacy and Health Programme, an NGO.

Says NGO education coordinator H A Chandru: “The objective is to bring out the talent of slum children by providing them a suitable forum. There will be interaction with the children to assess their creativity. It is common among slum dwellers to send children to work during vacation. If their children are kept engaged with other activities during holidays, the residents will avoid sending children to work,” he claimed.

Over 2,000 children have been selected from 50 different slums in three districts. The NGO has trained the volunteers in activities. The camp will be held in two groups– students below 10 years and below 15 years.

RLHP assistant director Saraswathi told The Times of India: “Slum children rarely get opportunity to showcase their talent. Such camps will be useful to unfold their creativity. The camp activities will conclude on May 20. A children mela has been planned to facilitate participants to showcase their talents on the last day.”