The Centre for Policy Research, Center for South Asia Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies, and the Kanwal and Ann Rekhi Foundation at the University of California are jointly organising conference on urbanization in India titled “The 21st Century Indian City: Developing an Agenda for Urbanization in India”. The details are available on http://indiancities.berkeley.edu/.
The 21st century will be an Asian century. But it will also be an urban century with much of this urbanization taking place in Asian cities, especially in India and China. Such urbanization carries with it tremendous potential for economic prosperity, the consolidation of middle-class aspirational lifestyles, growth of civil society and experiments with local democracy. But such urbanization also presents significant challenges including the degradation of urban poverty and inequality, the inadequacy of infrastructure, and the ecological impact of stifling pollution and increasing carbon footprints. India’s rapid urban growth thus presents a call to scholars, policy-makers, planners, and civil society activists to engage with these various potentialities and challenges. The conference, The 21st Century Indian City, recognizes the urgency of these issues and takes up the challenge.
It is our hope that this conference will be successful in developing an agenda for research and policy such that the Indian city and its transformations can be better understood and better managed, and in introducing a new repertoire of analytic concepts, research methodologies and policy prescriptions attentive to the Indian urban condition.