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Explorations in Urban Planning

Geographic and Planning Research Themes for the New Millennium edited by Allen G Noble, A S Mukherjee, Baleshwar Thakur and Frank J Costa; Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 2000, Rs 495, pp 480.

Entrepreneurship by Regions and Castes

What changes in the economic and social conditions contribute to the emergence of entrepreneurship among communities? A brief survey of Indian entrepreneurship in terms of regional, caste and religious differentiation points to the need for further research into factors prompting entrepreneurial qualities among communities.

Redefining Urban Politics

Redefining Urban Politics V Nath THE book is a collection of 14 articles, four of which have been written by the authors themselves about the various theories on exercise of power in the cities of Anglo- America. The US, the UK and Canada. The authors are professors of political science, urban planning and policy development, geography, etc, in various universities in Anglo-America. About half of them arc from universities in the US and the rest are mainly from universities in the UK. Thus the book is devoted entirely to review of theories of exercise of power in the cities of Anglo- America. One could legitimately ask if it has any relevance to the exercise of power in the cities of other regions. The question could be answered only if there were some contributions by authors from other regions. The authors themselves recognise this limitation. They say, "In this book we are concerned primarily with urban theories that have currency in the United States and Britain, although many of the theories have relevance to other countries that is how well these theories travel" (p II).

UN Conferences A Gargantuan Waste

V Nath If the enormous expenditure of money and intellectual manpower in holding UN conferences at regular intervals is instead channelised in directly alleviating problems of the less developed countries, better results might accrue.

Planning for Delhi and National Capital Region-Review of Plan Formulation and Implementation

Review of Plan Formulation and Implementation V Nath This paper reviews the current status of urban and regional planning for Delhi and the national capital region, against the background of socio-economic and demographic changes that have occurred during the last three decades.

How the Urban Poor Live

Social Organisation in an Indian Slum by Ratna N Rao; Mittal Publications, New Delhi, 1990; pp 260 + vi.
THIS book is a valuable addition to the rather meagre literature on the poor living in slums of India's metropolitan cities. Its value lies in its comprehensive coverage and deep insights into the life of the Wadars living in a slum called Wadarwadi which is located in the north-western part of Pune. The traditional occupation of the Wadars is work on construction of buildings and roads. They are stone cutters, unskilled construction workers and masons. Most of the Wadars of Wadarwadi are engaged in these activities, although a few of them work also as 'mukadams' (labour supervisors), sub-con- tractors or contractors on construction works, messengers and clerks in government offices.

1991 Population Census Some Facts and Policy Issues

1991 Population Census: Some Facts and Policy Issues V Nath Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Census of India 1991. Series-1 India. Paper 1 of 1991. Provisional Population Totals, New Delhi,

Economic Development Rajasthan Experience

Economic Development: Rajasthan Experience V Nath Development of Rajasthan: Challenge and Response edited by A Bapna; Society for International Development (SID), Rajasthan Chapter Jaipur, 1989, Rural Transformation in a Developing Economy by A Sagar and K Ahuja; Kumar and Co, Jaipur, 1987.

Studies in Migration

WHO migrate? Why do they do it? What satisfactions or relief from problems in their original homes do they seek in migration? How do they decide where to go? What problems do they face as a result of the migration, which involves for most migrants, leaving the security provided by the family, the community, well-established patterns of work and of economic and social relationships, to live and work in a radically different often harsh and hostile environment and among people most of whom are strangers. For most male migrants to the cities migration involves, in addition, separation from their families for long periods with its attendant loneliness and hardship for both themselves and their families. How, by whom and why are the migrants provided with the information required to take the decision to migrate and to choose the place of migration and the work there. By whom are they assisted in this place in finding a job and a place to live in, and to make the numerous adjustments required for living there. In other words, what are the information and support systems that the migrants seek and find for taking the decisions, mentioned above? Is migration by individuals or by groups? Is it permanent/long-term, temporary/ short-term, seasonal or year-round? What problems do the migrants create in the places of in-migration? What adjustments are required by the older residents of these places at individual, community or government structure levels, to solve or mitigate these problems? What new perceptions, attitudes and patterns of interaction between the migrants and the older residents must evolve so that the two groups can live in peace and harmony, without conflict or tensions?

Regional Planning for Large Metropolitan Cities-A Case Study of the National Capital Region

The objectives, strategies, policies and development programmes of the Draft Regional Plan for the National Capital Region are analysed in this paper. The author offers suggestions for making the plan more effective and acceptable for financing. In particular, he underscore the need for (i) correcting the ommission of programmes for the urban poor and of analysis of the relationship between the NCR Plan and the Perspective Plan for Delhi; and (ii) avoiding a wide gap between the cost of the plan and the resources that are likely to ae available for its implementation.


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