Why bulldozer politics is giving JCB a bad name

The recent spree of illegal property demolitions across the country has put the British construction equipment maker under the spotlight. Can it evade responsibility?

On day 1, they came for the houses. On day 2, they broke down the shops. On day 3, they tore into their personal belongings. It looked like a demolition. It felt like violence.

At the receiving end were over a thousand houses of the nomads of Gurugram’s Banjara Market. By the third day, they had lost any hope of relief. When the bulldozers rolled in at 11 am, most of them mutely watched as the machines mounted an assault. The young tried to salvage whatever was left from the debris. The old sat under a tree, smoking hookahs (water …


Omkar Khandekar

Omkar specializes in long-form narrative features and has reported from India, the UK, Germany and the Maldives. He writes across beats, from politics and crime to cinema and sports. His works have been published in Indian and international outlets including The Caravan, Mint Lounge, the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post.

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