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Jagmohan: The Master Planner and the 'Rebuilding' of Delhi

Although Jagmohan is most infamously associated with the Emergency, there is much more to his figure when his role is seen in specific intersections of Indian political and economic history. This paper spans his lifetime of work, from his involvement with the Master Plan in the Nehruvian period, to being the Delhi Development Authority chairperson during the Emergency, and to the politics behind the creation of Qila Rai Pithora in the post-liberalisation phase, which helps to understand the planner as well as the relationship between urban planning and the shifting poles of political economy and accumulation.

'A Nation Set in Stone'

How was the narrative of the modern nation state being instituted in the city space of Delhi in the first two decades of Independence? A study of the Lok Sabha debates of that period helps in understanding the ways in which the city's space was being magined to portray the "nation". The sense of a new visual order was gradually being imposed on the old colonial one by changing the insignia around the same object without fundamentally altering the structure. Indeed, the transformations were somewhat chaotic and pulled in several directions at the same time. This paper attempts to trace these confusions and contradictions in the initial years of Independence.
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