'Poverty Porn': Education Or Exploitation?

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Slumdog Millionaire was a big winner at the 81st Academy Awards. But the film has been criticized for being filled with cliches and stereotypes about India, and for its graphic images of the horrors of life in the slums.


Priya Rajsekar, freelance writer born in India. She wrote the article "Slumdog Sacrifices Indian Pride" for the Irish Times

Chitra Divakaruni, poet and professor at the University of Houston. Her article, "The Slumdog Fight," appeared in the Los Angeles Times

Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss. He lived in New Delhi, India for two years, and wrote "Slum Visits: Tourism or Voyeurism" for The New York Times



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