Gerson Da Cunha
Former adman, convenor of Action for Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI)
Intellectually the city has blown out its brain. A few decades ago, Bombay was the centre of anything new and different. It saw the likes of Homi Bhabha, Vikram Sarabhai and J.R.D. Tata. But now, the city has no intellectual stature. Creative artists have either left or now censor themselves. The intellectual life of the city has been crushed out of existence.
Grassroots activist and JD leader
The unified and cosmopolitan character of Bombay has been replaced by divisions between religions and by the growing schism between the rich and the poor. In Bombay, you can also see very clearly the impact of the liberalisation policies on the poor. The divide between the well-to-do and poor sections has become wider. And the middle class, which used to be at the forefront of struggles for the poor, is today only interested in promoting its own interests.