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South Asia Research Seminar: ‘Statistification’ of Indian cities

Fri 15th Sep 2017
02:00pm - 03:00pm

Upstairs Seminar Room, Australia India Institute

147-149 Barry Street, Carlton VIC 3053

About the talk: 

The idea of the ‘city’ in India has been an object of political discussions since the initial days of its independence movement in the early 1900s. Ideological discussions on the topic since that time have led to various specialised state interventions. This presentation will examine a slice of these urban discussions by examining Parliamentary debates from Rajya Sabha with respect to ‘slums’. It will outline the development discourse around ‘slums’ from 1953 till 2014 and put into context the various governmental programmes/schemes. The presentation aims to synthesise how the highly political idea of ‘city’ turns into a statistical object over decades.

About the speaker:

Nipesh Palat Narayanan is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Lausanne and is currently a research fellow at Australia India Institute. He works on urban informality in India, looking at the socio-political aspects of settlements and societies, via their informality.