Who's winning South Mumbai?

Swarajya Staff

May 19, 2024, 10:51 AM | Updated 10:51 AM IST

South Mumbai - more diverse than you thought

Shiv Sena UBT cadre
Shiv Sena UBT cadre

The Swarajya 50 ground reports project is a great way to 'read' India. The latest ground report on South Mumbai is an example.

From chawls to corporate HQs: The South Mumbai LS constituency is made up of Colaba, Malabar Hill, Mumbadevi, Byculla, Worli, and Sewree.

  • Each of these segments is distinct in terms of their socio-economic character.

  • Upscale, corporate HQ areas: Colaba, Malabar Hill, and parts of Worli.

  • The old chawls: Parts of Worli, lower Parel, Byculla and Sewree - with chawls dating back to the 1920s!

  • Linguistically as well: The split is along Marathi - Gujarati - Hindi speaking lines.

Shiv Sena's story in South Mumbai: Part of Sena's story goes back to working  with industrialists to reduce Communist trade unions to size.

  • Migrants from other parts of Maharashtra settled here to work in the mills.

  • This old Left support base has now moved entirely to Shiv Sena.

  • Ironically, the Left that was destroyed by Shiv Sena is today campaigning for a Sena faction candidate.

Understanding South Mumbai: Given all the complexities involved - how are the two factions of Shiv Sena - the UBT and Eknath Shinde faction fighting it out?

  • Why, for example, is the UBT faction more active on ground whilst Shinde's candidate has been off to a slow start?

  • Do take 10 minutes this Sunday to read Krishna Dange's exhaustive but very gripping account of South Mumbai.

  • It's a tour de force of that part of India's maximum city.

  • Click to read

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