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The New 'Love' Story of the Taj Mahal

Home to a legacy from history, Agra boasts of a number of historical monuments. This paper focuses on the urban planning implications and socio-spatial consequences of heritage tourism in Agra. Tim Edensor's categorisation of tourist space as "enclavic" or "heterogeneous," Aihwa Ong's zones of exception and the concept of "elite capture" provide the key conceptual frames that inform the study. The paper argues that global heritage tourism has reconfigured everyday life and the spatial geography of Agra, often deepening urban inequalities. The most affected by these new developments are the poor communities living in and around the Taj Mahal for centuries, who find themselves alienated as their world is taken over by the juggernaut of heritage tourism.

Other Dimension of 'Natural Cities'

Urban ecology perspectives focus on cities as ecological systems and emphasise their stability through the act of organising principles inherent in nature. The article on “Natural Cities” by Vikram Soni and Arvind Virmani (EPW, 10 May 2014) provides an overview of the challenges natural cities have...
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