Delhi Metropolitan - The Making of an Unlikely City

Delhi Metropolitan - The Making of an Unlikely City

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Author: Ranjana Sengupta
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 248
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143063103

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Independence, four million refugees from Pakistan and the overwhelming presence of visible and invisible power that flows from New Delhi being the capital have transformed it from the unruffled imperial town it once was to the fearsome metropolis it is today.

And yet, says Ranjana Sengupta, this largely unloved city deserves to be loved. Delhi is home to the most diverse population of any city in the country. The unceasing influx of migrants has unleashed new urban architectures of opulence and deprivation. Different groups have set up their own, different universes, and these manage to coexist, not unhappily.

And somewhere between the futurist Gurgaon skyline and the proliferating slums, alongside the march of the Metro and the refurbishment of Khan Market, lie Delhi’s unsung sagas—the memories, the passions and the unspoken expectation that the city will change lives.

Delhi Metropolitan tracks the changes from the time ‘going to CP’ was almost the only leisure activity for the middle class, looks at the subtle reinventions of government colonies and the shining new suburbs, and inspects the footprints of ‘Punjabification’. Have all these actually managed to colonize this extravagant, indefinable and unlikely city?

Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue

In the Eye of the Beholder
The Idea of New Delhi
The Making of Newer Delhi
Refugees: Delhi's Last Conquerors
Government Delhi
Colonies: The Shaping of Middle Class Life
Remembered Villages
Newest Delhi
Delhi's Culture
Classical Culture and Heritage
Delhi's Social Spaces

Notes