“City Life: Dichotomies in an Urbanizing India”: Q&A with Ananya Roy
According to the 2011 census, India’s urban growth has surpassed rural growth for the first time in 90 years. This population shift from rural to urban areas underscores the impact of globalized economic progress on Indian society and highlights socio-economic differences. Consequently, urbanization has led to hasty attempts at fixing disparities, such as to develop informal housing sectors, readdress politics in expanding cities, and relocate urban poor.
In an interview with NBR, Ananya Roy (University of California, Berkeley) discusses the impact of India’s move toward urbanization on city planning and design, economic growth, urban politics and what this trend implies for growing metropolises globally.
Read the full interview for insights on the following issues:
– How urbanization could transform Indian politics
– The role of informality in the Indian context and its relationship to class
– How India can look to other Asian cities and even Brazil as inspiration for its urban policy
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)