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Urban Transformations in Khora Village, NCR

A View from the ‘Periphery’

Shruti Dubey ( teaches at the Department of Political Science, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi.

The theoretical concepts “urban informality,” “periphery,” and “everyday state,” primarily emerging from the “new geographies” of the Global South, are used to make sense of the complicated state–society interactions leading to the transformation of land at the rural–urban interface of the postcolonial metropolitan capital of Delhi. The history of land development in a village called Khora is examined, which, located at the intersection of Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad, has transformed from a sparsely populated village in 1971 to one of the densest “unauthorised colonies” in Asia in 2011. The “state” interacts in myriad ways ranging from contest to collusion with private actors, giving rise to the “fractal” urban form of Noida.

The fieldwork for the paper has been conducted under Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) “Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A draft of the paper has been presented at the workshop “Frontier Urbanism: Tracking Transformation in Agrarian Hinterlands of South Asia” organised by MCRI. The City Institute at York University, Canada, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, held at JNU New Delhi, 23–25 February 2017.

Updated On : 23rd Mar, 2018


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