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

Articles By Hyderabad

Making Infrastructure Work with Tacit Knowledge

Approaching infrastructure as a network of incremental additions, this paper builds on the quotidian work of Hyderabad’s water linemen powering flow and pressure through pipelines in the city. The exploration of tacit knowledge in the urban context reveals diverse ways in which practitioners—from public nurses to planners—leverage such knowledge to their advantage. In the interplay between human activities, technical frameworks, and ever-evolving urban needs, the paper underscores the role of tacit knowledge in operationalising infrastructure fundamental to a city’s functioning.

Ramanuja’s Battle for Bhaktas

The Statue of Equality, which was installed in February 2022 in Hyderabad, is a monumental installation. More than the statue, it also consists of 108 temples dedicated to the various deities of the Vaishnava pantheon. This installation in the context of other large statues being installed in India (like the Statue of Unity), gives rise to the questions “what is all this about?” and “what does it teach us about where Hinduism is headed today?” This photo essay is an attempt to probe these questions along three dimensions: a) the experience of visiting the installation, b) understanding the history of Ramanuja and Vaishnavism in South India, and c) probing the way in which the Statue of Equality plays out in the political iconology of statuary in India, with specific reference to the statues of B R Ambedkar that dot the Indian urban and metropolitan landscape.

Crusade against Environmental Pollution in Patancheru in Hyderabad City

Despite protests and legal battles by the residents of Patancheru industrial area in Hyderabad against the polluting industries, Supreme Court orders, and the National Green Tribunal (south zone) judgment, not much has been done to improve the environment and quality of life of people.

Hyderabad’s Musi River: Why Do Technocratic Solutions Fail in Safeguarding Urban Waterbodies?

In complete contrast to its past glory, the Musi river which traverses through Hyderabad city, is degraded by indiscriminate disposal of waste and massive encroachments. The Telangana government had announced plans in 2017 to revitalise the river through a large-scale riverfront development project. By revisiting similar initiatives taken up earlier to resuscitate the Musi, the article argues that these techno-managerial solutions completely disregard notions of commons, only to normalise their exploitation.    

The Enigma of the 2019 Parliamentary Elections in Telangana

The first Lok Sabha election results after the formal creation of Telangana and its wider implications for both state and national politics are assessed. Coming as it did, within a few months of the state assembly polls, the electorate in the state made a clear distinction between the earlier state election verdict and the present verdict in the national election. What factors contributed to this change and what are the implications for the politics in the state?

What Do Our Cities Need to Become Inclusive Smart Cities?

Despite the Indian government’s interest in building smart cities, little thought has been given to how the participation of citizens in the process of building inclusive smart cities can be enhanced. The article examines the case of Hyderabad and argues that cities need to create avenues to enhance close interaction among various players in the quadruple-helix model and promote citizen-driven interventions.

Students Fight Discrimination

The students of the University of Hyderabad have passed a resolution unanimously at their Students' Union's general body meeting on 12 April 2016 demanding a Committee Against Prejudice and Discrimination on campus. This committee is seen as a way to institutionalise their struggle against prejudice and discrimination, which saw an intensification in the past few months. This proposed CAPD will comprise all sections of the university community and will focus on redressing complaints of prejudicial treatment and discrimination within campus. Modelled on the anti-sexual harrassment committee, it is also expected to create awareness about overt and covert forms of discrimination and prejudice.