Caste-away: Caste-based Residential Segregation and the Case of Bengaluru

BALA PANCHANATHAN Caste is an unwritten compendium of rigid social structures that includes a network of hierarchies, segmentation and segregation (Ghurye 1969 in Bharathi et al 2019). It is beyond a social evil in India— it is a state of mind and a way of life. Spatial segregation and discrimination have been basic aspects of…

Soliloquies of Collectives: Community-led mobilization in Urban Slums of Bengaluru

ANSHUL RAI SHARMA Hagiographies of local action have become commonplace in post-COVID mobilization studies (Laochankham, 2021). They focus on how the local actors can serve the needs of people, more importantly, the needs of the crisis moment in places where the welfare services of the State are ineffective or absent. These have failed in two ways: in…

Neglecting Van-Gujjars in the name of Tiger Reserve

SHUBHAMA SINGH In June 2020, a proposal was forwarded by District Magistrate to Government of Uttar Pradesh to declare the Tiger Reserve in the Shivalik forest range in Western Uttar Pradesh. If approved, this would be the fourth Tiger Reserve in the state. The proposed Tiger Reserve would be located in the foothills of the…

Gender (In)Equality in India: Analysing Maternity Benefits and Parental Leaves

Saumya Dubey Abstract In 2017, the Parliament of India passed The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act (MB Act hereafter) which increased the paid leave for expecting mothers from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The seemingly progressive move, on closer scrutiny, reveals an undercurrent of acceptance for the ‘gendered division of labour’ in society and appears to…

Understanding the Project of Chandigarh: A Reflection on High-Modernist Thinking

In this paper, I attempt to understand the role of personal bias with regards to urban planning. Le Corbusier’s architectural ideology has been briefly contextualised in the political realm of high modernism. MEHAK SIDHU The new city (Chandigarh) was to represent India’s bold break from its colonial past, while being its first attempt to create…