Tourism is one of the important areas that contributes to our nation’s economy. While most of the places attract visitors for their scenic beauty, architecture, and culture, a few of them get romanticised for its poverty. Especially after Slumdog Millionaire, the 2008 Hollywood film that advertised Mumbai’s Dharavi in a negative light.
Turns out, not just Dharavi, slums in Delhi are also on the advertising list. So, apparently, people have been organising walking tours to Delhi slums and one such tourism package has grabbed our attention on Twitter.
A Twitter user, @tanishka_s2, shared some screenshots of the package posted on Trip Advisor, a travel company, which features details of the walking tour. It boasts to provide a ‘first-hand glimpse of life’ in a Delhi slum and costs ₹1800 for the 3-hour-long walk.
The user slammed the tour as she wrote, “Rs 1,800 to get a “first hand glimpse of life in a Delhi slum”.”
Check it out here:
Rs 1,800 to get a "first hand glimpse of life in a Delhi slum." pic.twitter.com/DrUx7GKCZ4— Tanishka Sodhi (@tanishka_s2) September 3, 2022
Netizens are disgusted, surprised, shocked, and more. Check out their reactions.
Aa'i'ye dekhte hai aur kya kya bik sakta hai. https://t.co/xzoLjXdEcM— یوسوف علی (@yu_yusuf_ali) September 4, 2022
For the shameless, privileged, elite, everything is a ‘walking tour’. https://t.co/HWRZtJUIYk— Neha Dixit (@nehadixit123) September 3, 2022
What kind of dystopian society puts the misery of poverty-stricken on display and tries to make a business let alone some bucks out of sufferings of the most vulnerable? https://t.co/O3FJmfUwuu— Shariq (@sharicasm) September 4, 2022
such tours are nothing but avenues for providing voyeuristic experience to the rich, it’s poverty porn. disgusting (sic).
the industrial revolution and its consequences https://t.co/43Ll6AUAn0— sahej (@tyrionstark__) September 4, 2022
“Poverty Porn” – when you objectify people in poverty for the sake of entertaining a privileged audience (sic).
People making money from other people’s miseries really proudly. 👎 https://t.co/Pe17d1MooM— metacolonial (@metacolonial) September 4, 2022
Capitalists are making profits from poverty. https://t.co/brvDaAeP7J— Gibin (@piebyfour) September 4, 2022
This is everything wrong with this world. Rich people earning money on the backs of people who barely have basic human rights and then they’ll claim ” we are apolitical” . Aur hum bhi kam nahi hain jo Twitter pe angrezi main likh rhe hain ispe (sic).
Na what the actual fuck this is?? https://t.co/NJSlDZRJtB— Bigger than Guri (@28fearlessdean) September 3, 2022
One of our MPhil profs conducted an exact same “tour” for us in FC and I just couldn’t get myself to go. Call it whatever you want but it felt extremely disrespectful and weird (sic).
Unfortunately, some Twitter users feel otherwise.
I don’t know about this tour in particular but I don’t see a problem with this concept in general if they’re respecting boundaries. It’s an economically thriving community and such tours might just help get them the social recognition and exposure they need. https://t.co/86uCXRf6B9— Jay (@Breadwala) September 4, 2022
Making money out of someone’s misery is so not cool! Advertising underprivileged for the sake of entertaining privileged is definitely a sick act. From 2008 (Slumdog Millionaire release) to 2022, nothing has changed, poverty is still on sale.