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Backgrounders

Globalising at any cost

By Darshini Mahadevia

Indian mega-cities are rushing to provide world-class infrastructure to welcome capital investment. But a close look at the budgets of Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore reveals that the investment in roads, flyovers and telecommunications for the few is at the cost of essential se...

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Analysis

Messing around with waste

Messing around with waste

By Poornima Chikarmane and Anjor Bhaskar

Solid waste management accounts for over 50% of overall municipal budgets and manpower, but municipal authorities collect only 50% of the waste and recycle a negligible 5%. Technology and privatisation are the solutions being proposed everywhere. But public-pr...

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Features

Urban tinder-box

Urban tinder-box

By Anoo Bhuyan

On December 19, 90 homes were destroyed in a fire in Delhi’s Dasratpuri-Naseerpur slum. The paper and plastic these waste-pickers collect are a fire hazard in many slums, but the state refuses to give them a separate sorting space

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Books & Reports

Dalhousie Square: Where the magnificent and the mundane meet

By Madhumita Bose

Soumitra Das’ White & Black , brilliantly photographed by Christopher Taylor, examines the makings of the great mercantile city that was Kolkata. It focuses on Dalhousie Square, juxtaposing the grand and the magnificent with the grime and squalor of everyday life in a crowd...

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Cityscapes

New CRZ notification: One step forward, and two back?

Even as the new CRZ notification grants fishing communities the right to redevelop the land on which they live, it lays open coastal lands for other forms of development which will adversely impact their livelihoods, says Kalpana Sharma

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See the City from Here

Two quacks and one health centre

By Amina Khatoon

Girls in densely-populated Priya Manna Basti, Howrah, are married off at 14 to 18 years of age. They begin childbearing immediately. There is no sexuality/health awareness conducted by the state in this Muslim settlement, with disastrous consequences

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