The Importance of Being Siliguri: Border Effect and the ‘Untimely’ City in North Bengal

  • Atig Ghosh


This chapter investigates the emergence of Siliguri in North Bengal, India, as a major urban centre. The transformation of this quaint town into a massive urban hub has involved logistical and infrastructural forms of organization under the sign of neoliberal developmentalism. I focus on the overlapping themes of geostrategy, population and labour, communication, trafficking, tea, and business—big, small, and shady. In the process, I attempt a redefinition of the idea of North Bengal, even as the exploration of the entanglements of crime, control, communication, and capital leads to a conceptualization of what it means to talk about border economies and ‘travelling’ actors. The chapter examines how borderlands inexorably seep and segue into the so-called mainland to bring about powerful political-economic transformations.


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  • Atig Ghosh
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryVisva-Bharati (A Central University)SantiniketanIndia
  2. 2.Calcutta Research GroupKolkataIndia

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