Plenary Session on the Right to Housing

Right to Housing is not among the explicitly stated fundamental rights listed in the Constitution of India. However, some courts have interpreted the right to housing as an essential part of the right to life under article 21. In the absence of a clear mandate on the right to housing, what are the bases on which housing schemes are designed? How do the poor, in the absence of low-income group housing stock, provide for themselves? What are the movements that have arisen around the right to housing and how do they articulate this right? These questions point to some of the aspects of the housing discourse which will be discussed at this plenary session. In a situation where migration into cities is persistently growing, and the construction of houses is heavily targeted to the middle-classes, thinking about the right to housing or housing-for-all is imperative.