Urban India

Law alone can’t protect our rivers and their ‘rights’

After river Whanganui in New Zealand and Atrato in Colombia were declared as “living persons”, the Uttarakhand High Court accorded the Yamuna and Ganga the same status but for all of 109 days. Madhuri Karak examines our faith in legal solutions for safeguarding the environment.

Four rivers in three corners of the world – the Atrato in Colombia, the Whanganui in New Zealand and the Ganga and Yamuna in India – were declared […]

November 1st, 2017|Development, Environment, Featured, Law, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Law alone can’t protect our rivers and their ‘rights’|
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    Book Review: Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums by Igor Krstić

Book Review: Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums by Igor Krstić

Nearly one billion people reside in slums around the globe, but how has this reality been depicted on the cinema screen? In Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums, Igor Krstić offers a polycentric, interdisciplinary approach to exploring how slums have been represented on film over the last 100 years, including such critical and commercial hits as Slumdog […]

April 28th, 2017|Book Reviews, Development, Featured, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Book Review: Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums by Igor Krstić|
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    Confronting gender violence in India: Is slum-free urban policy a solution?

Confronting gender violence in India: Is slum-free urban policy a solution?

Studies show that adverse socioeconomic conditions create low self-esteem and insecurity among men, who find expression in aberrant behaviors, including violence against women. In this light, Nikita Singla considers the link between slums and gender violence, and writes that rather than pursuing a ‘Slum free India’, gender inclusive slums should be the primary target in urban policymaking.

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Diwali: A smog-mare for the Indian capital

Delhi has now overtaken Beijing as the most polluted city in the world and over Diwali the air quality deteriorated to new lows. In this article, Payal Dey discusses how serious the problem has become, highlights the Delhi government’s lethargic response to the current crisis and outlines policy suggestions for controlling smog in the Indian capital.        

The World Health […]

November 10th, 2016|Development, Environment, Featured, Health, LSE, Urban India|Comments Off on Diwali: A smog-mare for the Indian capital|
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    Assam Elections: “If I don’t vote, they think I am a foreigner”

Assam Elections: “If I don’t vote, they think I am a foreigner”

As voting continues in the north-eastern state of Assam, migrants who have been living in other parts of the country for years give up significant time and income to travel back to their villages to cast their vote. Drawing on observations and interviews, Anna Wiemkem explores how the need to prove that they are not Bangladeshis turns into a […]

April 11th, 2016|Featured, LSE, Politics, Urban India|Comments Off on Assam Elections: “If I don’t vote, they think I am a foreigner”|

Report on the LSE India Summit 2016

‘We live in a world where UBER, the largest taxi company, does not own taxis; Airbnb, the largest accommodation company, does not own rooms; Alibaba, the biggest retailer in the world, does not have a shop. In this world, the language of GDP, balance sheets, per capita income no longer make sense. We need a total redesign of how […]

February 1st, 2016|Development, Economy, Education, Events, Gender, LSE, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Report on the LSE India Summit 2016|
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    “It’s local staff who keep Mumbai’s water flowing in the face of systematic planning violations done in the name of world-class city making” – Lisa Björkman

“It’s local staff who keep Mumbai’s water flowing in the face of systematic planning violations done in the name of world-class city making” – Lisa Björkman

On 28-30 January 2016 the LSE India Summit, sponsored by Difficult Dialogues, will be taking place in Goa. Ahead of the conference, Sonali Campion spoke to Lisa Björkman, who will be appearing on the infrastructure panel, about her research on Mumbai’s water infrastructure.

Issues around access to water in India are often attributed to water mafia acting as gatekeepers etc. but […]

January 27th, 2016|Development, Featured, Interviews, Urban India|Comments Off on “It’s local staff who keep Mumbai’s water flowing in the face of systematic planning violations done in the name of world-class city making” – Lisa Björkman|
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    Making cities work for development: Perspectives from South Asia

Making cities work for development: Perspectives from South Asia

Cities can be productive and liveable places but poor public services, weak infrastructure, and institutional and legal obstacles to private investment have in many cases undermined prosperity. Tony Venables writes South Asia in particular has still not fully reaped the benefits of urbanisation.

More than half the world’s population live in towns and cities. The urban population of South Asia grew […]

December 30th, 2015|Development, Featured, Urban India|Comments Off on Making cities work for development: Perspectives from South Asia|

SDG 11: Supporting the delivery of cities that work for all

In the fifth post of our cross-blog Sustainable Development Goals series, Shabana Shiraz considers how the goal which focuses specifically on urban development can aid existing efforts across South Asia to tackle inequality and make cities safer and more sustainable.

The inclusion of an urban SDG in the post-2015 agenda sent a wave of cheer among hardcore advocates who have […]

September 30th, 2015|Environment, Featured, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on SDG 11: Supporting the delivery of cities that work for all|

Five bottom-up smart city initiatives from India

As the current government pursues its Smart Cities agenda, Florence Engasser and Tom Saunders highlight five citizen-initiated projects which have already had a significant impact in improving the quality of life in Indian cities.

On 25 June, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched the India Smart Cities Challenge. One hundred cities across India will compete for a chance to access around […]

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