Subaltern Urbanization in India?

A presentation by Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and an ICI Fellow, at his public talk “Subaltern Urbanization in India” at The New School on September 12, 2012

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Talk about why I choose this topic

Time really flies. It have been eight days past, and I want to explain why I chose this topic. I think having a well-defined set of objective will give me a hand to complete this research program.

Firstly, many people work hard to earn money for their family’s living, and the house is one of the biggest expenditure in their living cost. My friends also strive to earn a living, who just have graduated from the university in these years, with the hopes for their future and happiness living and marriage. House is the indispensable things for their future. Because the house is the symbol of the stable life for our Chinese, and also linked with many social problems, such as household register system, medical care and child education, etc.

Secondly, In our Chinese traditional values, land and house are the best choice as a store of wealth. In the modern society, the land is strictly controlled by the government; But the house always is one of the best choice as a store of wealth. And in Kunming, lots of house are stockpiled for investment to have the sudden profiteering.

Thirdly, according to some surveys, 13.04% of China’s GDP today comes from the house market, and the house market have the huge influence for our country’s economy. Between 2009 to 2011, our Centre government has published many policies and regulations to protect the normal house market. Changing house price will be influenced the continuing development of china economic, and the normal life of citizens.

At last, I thought that it’s a critical problem for the huge rural country with 1.3 billion people and India will also face this problem in the future or maybe now. Because both China and India share similar national conditions, for instance, the rapid economic development, the huge population , the rapid urbanization and the emerging middle class. I am very interested in this topic, and I will try my best to complete this research program.

 

Parallax Visions

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Beyond First Impressions
- Amita Bhide: Chini Kavita (English translation) and Chini Kavita (in Marathi)
- Guo Yukuan: New York City is Our Campus: an interview with The New School President Bob Kerrey (in Chinese) and New York City is Our Campus (English translation)
Partha Mukhopadhyay: How is China Different?
- Chakrapani Ghanta: Good or Bad: It is People’s China (English translation) and Good or Bad: It is People’s China (in Telugu)
- Hiren Doshi: Learn to Say Thank You in Chinese
- Yao Yang: Thoughts on my Visit to India, part 1 (English translation)

Intertwined Development Paths
- Hiren Doshi: Tango of the Dragon and Elephant
- Hiren Doshi: China focusing its energies on innovation
- Chakrapani Ghanta: China: Agriculture Reaping Rich Harvest (English translation)
- Wu Xiaobo The Comparison of China and India with the view of National Innovation System (English translation)

Vexing Urbanisms
- Guo Yukuan: Chinese ‘house slaves’ and Indian ‘slum owners” (in Chinese) and Chinese ‘house slaves’ and Indian ‘slum owners” (English translation)
- Amita Bhide: Migration & Slum Dwellers: Some Reflections (English translation)
- Partha Mukhopadhyay: The Promised Land of SEZs

Governance and Democratization
- Guo Yukuan: The importance of independent research for national policy decision-making (in Chinese)
- Yao Yang: Thoughts on my Visit to India, part 2 (English translation) .
- Chakrapani Ghanta: Communist China is on Siege of ‘Capital’ (English translation)
- Guo Yukuan: Playing a Red Face to the End (in Chinese)

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Urbanization and Globalization

The India China Institute chose Urbanization and Globalization as the theme of its inaugural two-year fellowship program with the aim of investigating the effects of large-scale migration, the rapid transformation and redevelopment of cities, and the kind
of governance and policy needed to respond to this unprecedented phenomenon. This pioneering group of fellows from diverse backgrounds met at three residencies and public conferences in New York, India, and China between 2006-8.

The fellows drew on their intensive residencies and study trips to produce an array of innovative, influential, and far-reaching work. They are becoming global resources, reaching beyond their own institutions to speak at conferences, giving interviews and writing op-eds in local, national and international media, and publishing writings that reflect their deepened knowledge of both countries.

The first cohort’s works have been collected in our publication Parallax Visions, as well as in an edited volume Growing Cities in a Shrinking World: The Challenges of Urbanisms in India and China.

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