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

Articles By Religion

Capitalising Caste in Yadadri

Capital and caste are identified in this paper as dominant factors shaping the land market in a rapidly growing Telangana redevelopment project of the Hindu religious Yadadri temple town. The rampant dispossession of small and marginal farmers, labourers, workers, shopkeepers, street vendors, autorickshaw drivers, Dalits and marginalised communities are discussed in this paper through the process of “accumulation by dispossession.” Engaging with the framework of capital and caste for understanding contemporary Indian political economy, this paper elucidates the process of agricultural land meeting real estate economy in a suburban religious town.

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.

The Fragile Discourse of Caste in West Bengal

The objective of this article is to put forward a modest hypothesis to test, namely “to politicise caste in Bengal, it needs to be taken out from the fold of Hindu religion.” The category needs to be mobilised and radicalised through the active participation of lower-caste groups across the state. To do this, the proliferation of sociocultural organisations is necessary whose prime concern would be to stretch the logic of caste in the political domain, whereas caste has hitherto taken only a comfortable refuge in the Hinduised domain of the Bengal social.