ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Struggle Over Class and Space in an Indian City

Daily wage workers, the most marginalised urban residents, standing at roadsides to secure work is an age-old practice in India. The recent police atrocities towards them at the Jakhan Chowk in Dehradun, in the name of "clearing", reflect several facets of the evolving political economy of India's cities.

Increasing political and policy attention has come to be focused on urban areas in India, seen as the future centre of both society and the economy. In the process there has also been some discussion of the nature of class and social struggles in these areas. We present here one example of such struggles, which we believe, highlights several of the key aspects of the future of urban areas.

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