Lives behind green sheets

Atta ur Rehman was at his small tailor shop in Tughlakabad area of Delhi on the morning of 30 April, 2023, when he received a phone call from his frantic children, informing him that a bulldozer had arrived to tear down their home. Rehman, 38, rushed to his home, and began collecting all belongings in a desperate attempt to save what they could. By evening, their home had been torn to the ground. Similar scenes of devastation played out behind green sheets in four neighbourhoods over three months as the government implemented a “beautification” plan to doll up India’s capital for the G20 Summit. Rehman's story represents the human impact of the city-wide makeover ahead of the international event.

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