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

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Faith in the City

Post-secular narratives on Kolkata and the Hooghly Riverfront, entailing material politics of making sacred spaces at land-water interfaces, have been seldom discussed in urban planning scholarship. This paper explores ways of reconfiguring the urban ecological landscape by planning specific social infrastructures and public works at the ghats of Kolkata. Taking two case studies from Baje Kadamtala ghat and Nimtala ghat, this paper illustrates how the sentiments around faith and spirituality are appropriated by the active role of state and its intermediaries through planned spatial interventions, like the provision of “infrastructures of spectacle” and “infrastructures of everyday” in the city.

My Dublin

The author recounts an evening spent searching for James Joyce’s Dublin.

We Are Afraid of Calcutta

Cultural narratives of Calcutta (Kolkata) are codified through cinema and literature, othering and invisibilising other parts of Bengal.

 

On a Cup of Tea and a Coconut Tree

Do we shrug off the existential heartburn on seeing a tree being axed, blaming it on the inevitable progression of things?

Contemporary Urban Politics: Reflections from ‘Mulshi Pattern’ and ‘Kaala’

Kaala (2018) directed by Pa Ranjith, and Mulshi Pattern (2018) directed by Pravin Tarde, both depict the changing nature of the political economy that revolves around the ownership of urban and suburban land. The conflict arising out of the overlapping shades of caste, class and land is at the root of both the films. While Kaala is the embodiment of contemporary subaltern politics as well as its aesthetics, Mulshi Pattern is an expression of the reactionary politics of criminalisation arising out of the collective insecurity perceived by dominant castes on losing landholdings and associated privileges.

Women from Outside

Selfing the City: Single Women Migrants and Their Lives in Kolkata by Ipshita Chanda, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2017; pp xi + 323, 995.

Urban Governance and Right to the City

The right to the city means more than just access to its resources. It suggests that people, particularly the marginalised, not only have the right to inhabit a city, but also the right to design, reshape and transform it. An analysis of urban governance in our country keeping in mind this overlooked human right.

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