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The Impossibility of World-Class Slum-Free Indian Cities and the Fantasy of ‘Two Indias’

  • Tara van Dijk
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Abstract

A Žižekian critique of ideology is applied to the elite visions of making ‘world-class’ and ‘slum-free’ Indian cities. This reveals both the impossibility of this utopia (or dystopia) and how it is covered over by the fantasy of one India holding the ‘Shining’ or ‘Rising’ India back. Thus, the reason for why ‘India can’t plan its cities’ is transferred from the structural contractions of contemporary capitalist urbanization and placed onto the ‘risk averse’ or backward mentalities of the ‘other India’.

Keywords

Civil Society Urban Poor Indian City Political Society Survival Economy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tara van Dijk
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Technology and Society StudiesMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Housing and Urban Development StudiesRotterdamNetherlands

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