cities in transition

Cities in Transition

Tikender Singh Panwar, 2022, Dr Arjun Kumar, IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute; pp. 114, ₹ 799, Paperback Romi Khosla Indian architect who received a B.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge, and qualified as an architect at the Architectural Association, London. Email: romikhosla1@gmail.com Title: Cities in Transition Author(s): Romi Khosla Keywords: – Issue […]

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Seeing the Better City

Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space

Charles R. Wolfe, 2016, Island Press, Washington D.C, USA;  pp. 263, ₹ 700, Paperback Manoj ParmarDirector, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai Title: Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe and Improve Urban Space Author(s): Manoj Parmar Keywords: – Issue Date: 8th January 2023 Publisher: IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute Abstract: […]

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Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Old Wine in New Bottle?

Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Old Wine in New Bottle?

The launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for prosperity by United States President Joe Biden on May 23, 2022, from Tokyo, reflects the recuperation of the US’s geo-economic initiative surfing onboard the multilateral platform within the geo-political construct i.e., Indo-Pacific, after five years since Donald Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2017. It has stirred the already complex complicated multilateral, minilateral and bilateral state of affairs in the region.

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Towards New India: Logistics Policy the Ideal Ally of PM GatiShakti

Towards New India:
Logistics Policy the Ideal Ally of PM GatiShakti

The main drivers of a rapidly growing economy are infrastructure and logistics. Correspondingly India has launched PM Gati Shakti – National Master Plan for Multi-modal Connectivity in 2021 and the National Logistics Policy in 2022. This article seeks to address the use and utility of improving infrastructure and logistics for a country. Further highlighting the issues which have plagued the sectors and impeded the economic growth of the country. Moving on to the policies, firstly for the method, showing how both the policies latch on to the digitalization bandwagon and seek to uproot these issues. And secondly, the institutional framework is put in place to formulate, monitor, and evaluate the steps and measures taken.

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Eye Care and Sustainable Development

Eye Care and Sustainable Development

Vision is not only critical to an individual’s growth and development but also has direct implications for national and global development. It holds the potential to boost the global economy in a fair and equitable manner. It enables everyone to live their lives to the fullest, releasing their potential to learn, work, and lead fulfilled and productive lives. This paper examines the direct and indirect implications of eye health care on the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, thereby making it contingent upon policymakers to invest in the ‘vision for all’. The study proposes urgent policy interventions for creating integrated people-centered eye care, embedded in health systems and based on strong primary health care, and scaled and decentralized to the grassroots level in India. It emphasizes eye care in local governance -especially below the district level for effective implementation.

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Inclusive Politics and Surfacing Women Leadership in Urban Local Governance

Inclusive Politics and Surfacing Women Leadership in Urban Local Governance

To ensure the democratic decentralization of power, participation, and representation of all the sections of society in political structures, one of the most important affirmative actions that have been taken in India is the enactment of the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act for urban local governing bodies. Inclusion through reservation has ensured equality of political opportunities, especially for women who are always seen as passive and mute spectators in every sphere. In Jammu and Kashmir (formerly a state), 2005 year acclaimed as a significant moment for women’s political inclusion for the first time, wherein electoral outcomes were largely facilitated by quotas of reserved seats that mandate 33% female representation at the ward membership level. This paper explores the efficacy of inclusive politics at the local level and emerging women leaders as corporators in urban local governing bodies. Does this provision of reservation of seats for women actually lead to favorable outcomes? How these women leaders are grappling with their newly defined roles, responsibilities, and obstacles coming their way?

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Feminist Re-imagination of Social Theories

Feminist Re-imagination of Social Theories

Disciplinary canons are gendered and there have been significant erasures and exclusions. Over the past several decades an impressive and original body of feminist criticism of social and political theory has emerged, that has forcefully challenged the masculinist assumptions of classical cannons. A critique of the partial, androcentric nature of disciplines is the starting point for all feminist interventions. We begin by interrogating this canon, from political philosophy and economics to sociology, we argue how a series of dualisms and binaries have characterized the development of knowledge. Women and those from marginal locations lie on the periphery of this ‘knowledge-making process’. We then ask what a feminist re-imagination of disciplines would entail. Is it all about adding the women’s perspective to the existing masculinist discourses or is it about disrupting and dismantling those hegemonic discourses and a reconceptualization of the same from a feminist perspective with the necessary shifts in epistemologies and ontologies? We argue for a fundamental re-ordering of canonical precepts and discourses through a feminist lens.

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Gendering COVID-19: Impact and Strategies towards Gender Inclusive Recovery

Gendering COVID-19: Impact and Strategies towards Gender Inclusive Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated inequalities of various kinds through the deadly impact of lockdowns, quarantines, and the resurgence of various strains of the novel coronavirus. In addition to challenging global health systems, it has aggravated the existing gender disparities across the globe which has significant implications for women. The current paper looks at some of the prominent impacts of the pandemic on women in the Indian context from a gendered lens. It also suggests gender-inclusive strategies to deal with the emerging challenges in the post-COVID scenario.

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A Local Chronicle of the Smart City Enterprise: Case Study of New Town Kolkata, West Bengal, India

A Local Chronicle of the Smart City Enterprise: Case Study of New Town Kolkata, West Bengal, India

The Smart City Mission (SCM) in India is one of the highly publicized projects that focus on the ‘digital transformation’ of cities and towns across India. However, policy analysts and scholars have raised questions and concerns regarding such a transformation. The question is whether the SCM fulfills the pressing needs of towns and cities or not. New Town Kolkata is one of the cities in West Bengal which initially adopted the SCM but later rejected the program. They adopted a new state-funded project called Green City Mission. Within this context, it tries to focus on the shortcomings of the SCM and how cities in a peri-urban interface like New Town Kolkata are transformed and encounter different challenges. In addition, this paper also analyzes the newly announced Green City Mission of West Bengal and tried to understand the differences and similarities between both projects. The paper reveals that such projects failed to create employment opportunities not only for the people of the town but also for the people of the surrounding villages.

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Workplace Sexual Harassment: New Variants through the Pandemic

Workplace Sexual Harassment: New Variants through the Pandemic

And you thought that I don’t have to meet that male colleague anymore, I don’t need to travel with my boss anymore, I can stay away from the bus commute – I’m Safe! Are you kidding me?! And you thought it was only the Covid-19 virus that could mutate itself, that could have many variants, and could change with changing times? Think again! Unofficial data reveals that workplace sexism, harassment, discrimination, bullying, and sexual offenses have been the way of life for close to 90% of women in India, only less than a third of them even talk about it and a fraction of them report it (primary research conducted by Durga India). Yet, in India, we have the most powerful, holistic, and well-thought-through feminist laws against workplace harassment (POSH Act of 2013). It all does not add up.

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