Category Archives: Conflict

Housing in India and government attitude towards it

Housing is an important aspect of city development. Population growth in a city is mainly attributed to two main reasons: migration from different areas in search of jobs and natural growth (birth rates exceeding death rates). However, the pace of housing provision, particularly by government agencies, is never able to keep up with the pace of population increase. Also, the National Urban Housing and Habitat policy-2007, which emphasizes “Affordable housing for All”, aims at ‘Forging strong partnerships between public, private and cooperative sectors for accelerated growth in the Housing Sector and sustainable development of habitat’. At the end of the day, it’s all about Roti, Kapdaa aur Makaan. Continue reading

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Development planning in post-independence India: Where did we go wrong? What can we do about it?

The term ‘Development‘ (physical development) may be defined as – carrying out of engineering, building, mining, quarrying and other such works in/on/under land. This is also called as material change in the use of any building or land. Development may also refer to change of land use. In some countries, demolition is also considered to be a form of development. Contemporary theory defines development as synonymous to ‘urbanisation’ and economic growth, but the question that arises is whether or not economic growth is sufficient for human development. For Amartya Sen and other scholars advocating for holistic development and capabilities of humans and society. He propagates the idea of development which extends beyond economic growth- it also concerns with better living conditions (safe drinking water, education, housing, etc.) for the population that is usually overlooked (i.e. the poor category unable to pay the taxes) with the larger goal of improving their capabilities Continue reading

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Open Defecation: A Coda of Geospatial differentiation by British India?

Swacch Bharat? A pan India mission launched with political support at the centre is a novel effort. But to eradicate open defecation from a society whose foundation is still influenced by Manu Smriti, sanitation pipes need to be dug deep.  Continue reading

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Baltimore and the end of the end of history

Guest author: Erick Omena de Melo Oxford Brookes University – Department of Planning. Webpage 12101056@brookes.ac.uk The Baltimore riots are the latest of several challenges to the idea of the “end of history”, notably subsumed by the ending of the TV … Continue reading

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Is a (federal) urban agenda politically possible?

Few would dispute that the United States is hard to characterize as an urban nation.  Yes, we’ll always have New York City, but by world standards even the density there is simply what we’d expect of a major global city. And we could, … Continue reading

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Planka: is public transport welfare?

Do you know Planka? Planka is a Stockholm based organisation of public transport fare dodgers. If you happen to swipe your ticket and feel somebody sliding up behind you in any place of the world, it would be either a fare dodger … Continue reading

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Cities in Conflict, 14 months

Tom Cowan, editor of Cities in Conflict, has recently published an editor’s pick timeline of the first 14 months of the project. Cities in Conflict, hosted by openSecurity (a section of openDemocracy) is «a public editorial series which sought to … Continue reading

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