City Forgotten: The fate of small towns in India’s urbanization

the city inside out

THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN OPENDEMOCRACY ON 18TH SEPTEMBER 2013. CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Late one evening, my academic partner Abdul Shaban, his research assistant Noor Alam and I reached Malegaon in a hired car via a long dusty road off the Mumbai-Nashik highway. We lost our way several times even though both Shaban and Noor Alam had been to Malegaon several times earlier, but the nondescript nature of the road and the journey through fields and industrial setups in the dark can confuse anyone. We reached Malegaon finally by asking local passers-by, who assured us that this was indeed the road to the infamous town.

Malegaon can be presented as a poster-child of deprivation and marginalization. A medium sized town with close to half a million population and about 100 km from Nashik in Maharashtra, Malegaon’s economy is driven mainly by its power-loom industry. The Census notes that Malegaon has over 80 percent Muslim population, over 50 percent population living in slums, and…

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I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.

Posted on September 23, 2013, in Urban Planning & Policy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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