Tagged with Politics

Downtrodden a question mark!

Downtrodden a question mark!

In the last post (link), I was faced with an ah haan question of ‘what is the politics of informality?’ or rather what is my politics in studying urban informality. I have been trying to make my position clear in my own head. I tried to tie it together in a presentation to the ‘informality … Continue reading

Why study informality?

Why study informality?

At a conference a few months back, a senior academic asked my panel – ‘How relevant do each one of you think is to study informality? Isn’t it an outdated/irrelevant term?’. I responded, rather unclearly. The unclear response has been refining in my mind. It was not the answer in itself, as I was quite clear of it, but the articulation of it via language. Thus, here is what I feel is a clear(er) articulation of what I think about research on informality. Continue reading

Bhupen Khakhar and Development discourse

Bhupen Khakhar and Development discourse

In other words, for the world which doesn’t accepts him (as gay), he is a mere artist, and for world which accepts him (as artist) he is gay. This is the critique of the hidden oppression which the Tate misses to materialize, or chose not to materialize to cater to the voyeuristic nature of looking from the developed world to the developing world. Continue reading

Nero Fiddles while Rome Burns

Nero Fiddles while Rome Burns

They say it was the first fight for the freedom of India, the sepoy mutiny of 1857, where the company was at the verge of loosing its colony. Soon after, the British realized that they can’t have such loose control over the native. Massive restructuring was done, huge chunks of Shahjahanabad was demolished and rebuilt, … Continue reading

Public art within the politics of urban change

Public art within the politics of urban change

We need more urgently than architectural utopias, ingenious traffic disposal systems, or ecological programmes – to comprehend the nature of citizenship, to make a serious imaginative assessment of that special relationship between the self and the city; its unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom. ~ Raban Continue reading

Urban Voids & Shared Spaces

Urban Voids & Shared Spaces

When understood as articulated moments among crisis-crossing networks of social relations and understanding, places do not posses singular, but multiple and contested identities.  Thus, place-making is shaped by conflict, differences and social negotiations among differentially situated and at times antagonistically bound and others whose social relations are understanding span entire regions and transcend national boundaries … Continue reading

Slippery pasts in Indian politics!

Slippery pasts in Indian politics!

Future is something that no one has ever seen and hence can only be picturised, but the picturisation of this future is greatly dependent on the past. The past is almost always glamorized, and hence the future is picturised as an idealized appropriation of the glamorized past. Ideologies driving Indian politics have also been derived … Continue reading