In the last few weeks we have heard stars from Shahrukh Khan to Sachin Tendulkar speak out against the nativist policies advocated by the Shiv Sena. We talk to Dr. Patrick Heller, a sociologist from Brown University, about what types of effects movements such as the Shiv Sena can have on a city and its growth.
Last week Lonely Planet launched their magazine in India. The brick of a book that we see foreigners clutching as they meander through Colaba Causeway or Fort is the creation of Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet. We talk to him about the launch of the magazine and his journey with the company that travelers now swear by.
Finally, last week the Supreme Court ruled that cities are required to provide homeless shelters to the street dwellers that are all too common. We talk to Sheela Patel, founder of the NGO SPARC that deals with slum dwellers and housing, about the decision as well as what her organization does.
Originally aired on February 14, 2010.