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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.

Making Sense of Place in Rajarhat New Town

The West Bengal government's plan to develop the Rajarhat new township on the periphery of Kolkata in the mid-1990s unwittingly produced an urban landscape that contradicts the master plan. The new town is fragmented into a formal network of roads and gated residential high-rise complexes on the one hand, and dense urban villages with traditional housing layouts on the other. Urban villages and gated communities represent a continuum of new urban living which is marked by a constant need to make sense of the changed reality through varied strategies of place-making. These are in response to the multiple ways in which inhabitants of these very distinct settlement types have been unsettled by urbanisation. The particular emphasis of this paper is on the lived life of inhabitants--examining routine activities that go into the material and social construction of place as well as how place influences social interactions, livelihoods and aspirations.

The Adi Ganga

The article sheds light on the Adi Ganga, one of the most significant streams of the Ganges in its lower course, and narrates how the stream (later Tolly’s Canal) which was once the life line of Kolkata transformed into a mere sewer and was ruthlessly slaughtered with the changing politico-economic interests of the state.

Planned Urbanisation through Public Participation

This paper makes an attempt to present an alternative model for urbanisation and associated infrastructure provision by the state, Existing wisdom that has long emphasised a diminished role of the state, and an unfettered operation of market forces ignores the many imperfections that may exist. But, in this innovative approach that has worked so far in the New Town of Kolkata it is possible to bring together an 'activist' state and market-oriented efficiency, while keeping intact at the concerns for the poor, many of whom have been offered a chance to take part in the construction activities and their views actively solicited during the rehabilitation work.

Calcutta Diary

The UTI fiasco has let down the middle class. It is a politically sensitive issue and the government is bound to launch into a number of firefighting operations. But once befuddled, twice shy. There is a danger of a revolt by the middle class.

Alive and Well

I recently came across the article ‘Can Calcutta Become Another Bangalore? Looking for Windows of Opportunity in International Telework’ by Swasti Mitter and Asish Sen (June 24-30, 2000) and would like to inform readers that contrary to the report in the article, Next Generation Software ( www.ngs-...

West Bengal : Labour as Politics

In the current ambience of violence that has enveloped Kolkata and its environs, the killing of the manager of a jute mill, his colleague and a worker would not seem to call for much attention, especially against the background of the dismal state of the jute industry in recent times. There was almost an air of inevitability about the events. Yet it may well prove to be the proverbial last straw and push all parties concerned towards addressing the shocking state of disrepair of the industry.
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