Tagged with Urban Thoughts

The Forced Idea of Freedom

The Forced Idea of Freedom

From the heights of atrocities’ during the emergency to the post-liberal ‘projects’ of the world class city, nothing much has changed other than the cosmetic rhetoric as far as initiatives with the urban poor are concerned. The ‘IDEA of URBAN’ as conceptualised by the bourgeois urbanist is still what forms the core of urban initiatives. Continue reading

In-Situ – The Kathputli Colony

In-Situ – The Kathputli Colony

The general notion of shame towards non-formal settlements like Kathputli Colony, which essentially is a colonial legacy, is undermining the immense potential that this settlement has. Kathputli Colony is part of the cultural landscape of Delhi and can be accentuated so Continue reading

This is not the Swaraj that I want!

This is not the Swaraj that I want!

It was quite shocking when I opened the news paper yesterday. A teenager was killed by the Delhi Police (DP) because he was riding pillion with a stunt biker. What was shocking was that DP appointed 300 policemen to check the stunt biker, in a scenario where DP blames the lack of officials for the … Continue reading

An Urbanist’s viewpoint on FDI in multi-brand retail

An Urbanist’s viewpoint on FDI in multi-brand retail

I felt sad that none of the politicians talked about any of the urban implications. Especially in light of the largest ever investment into urban areas through JNNURM, I thought Kamal Nath would have taken up some issues, because he is the urban development minister and was in trade ministry, which is a rare blend. Jaitly was speaking red and lefties were making arguments way too below their standards. Well! All others were just speaking something which I found really hard to make any sense in terms of logical argument. Continue reading

Slum free India! – The Dream

Slum free India! – The Dream

When we say slums, we are talking about a place which more than 93 million people call home. When India is having an upper hand in global economy through a demographic dividend, one in every eight child (0 to 6 years old) lives in a slum….. thus the situation is grave. Continue reading

The Invisible Man!

The Invisible Man!

“The invisible man’s awful suspicion that, beneath the disguises, there may be nothing there at all, a rind without a heart, a reality of lies, is that comes disturbingly easily and often to the city dweller”
~ Ralph Ellison ‘Invisible Man’ 1952
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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

Urban Void | शेहरी रिक्त

Urban Void | शेहरी रिक्त

दिल्ली में कई ऐसी बड़ी जगह है जो विशाल संख्या में लोगो के आवास हेतु बनाया गया था| ये परियोजनाए उस समय के आधुनिक परियोजना सिद्धांतो पे निर्मित है, इस लिए पूरी जगह का एक साथ विकास हुआ ना की एक एक भाग में, जैसे एक पारंपरिक समूह में होता है| इस तरह के निर्माण से कई … 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

The brave new world

The brave new world

As a matter of image, everything wants to relate itself in global terms, global power, world class city, multinational company and so on. The ones who got into this race first are the ones with more power to control this race, and hence all the later entrants tried to recognize themselves with respect to the … Continue reading