Gardeners Of Delhi’s Historic Shalimar Bagh Struggle To Survive As Authorities Turn A Blind Eye

Once envisioned as a beautiful garden by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, where he could sojourn, Shalimar Bagh in North Delhi is an upscale residential colony in the present times.

Perhaps, that’s why, the place is abandoning the ones who have traditionally taken care of it – the gardeners. Around 50 of such workers live in the area, resigned to abject poverty, devoid of their basic rights, minimum wages and in constant fear of being evicted or beaten.

Birender Singh, one of the several affected gardeners in the area, is an aged man. Now in his 70’s, he has been working on an electric lawn mower without any safety assurances for the last 15 years, starting with a paltry sum of Rs 2,500 per month.

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