Some lovely writing in this 1939 account of the challenges of late colonial planning enforcement: Building cases receive greater and more constant attention than almost any others as the […]
Interesting comment on the Municipal administration by an incoming Secretary of the Municipal Corporation in 1938: The staff was criticised in severe terms by my predecessor in office […]
I found this rather strange folder in the Delhi archives: 1899/14 Rain Gambling – regarding gambling and opium. A notice of the Rain Gambling bill was circulated by a J. […]
‘The canal, shortly after entering on and skirting the base of the range of hills west of Delhi (the drainage from which crosses over the canal by ancient aqueducts), is […]
Although Delhi has more water per person, on average, than London or New York, many still endure a daily fight for access. Short piece from me for GIZ’s Digital Development […]
Few bits of writing in progress while I’m here in Cape Town… and couple of new books I’m getting into: Space, Planning and Everyday Contestations in Delhi, new book from […]
Delighted to see this in EPW’s Review of Urban Affairs! Politics, information technology and informal infrastructures in urban governance (pdf) Matt Birkinshaw, Geography & Environment London School of Economics and […]
Excited to be taking part in this upcoming workshop… WATER REGIMES QUESTIONED FROM THE “GLOBAL SOUTH”: AGENTS, PRACTICES AND KNOWLEDGE Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India, 14-16 January 2016 Programme […]
PUBLIC TALK Underground Water: Techno-Political Ecology in ‘Unauthorised’ Delhi Thursday | 5 November 2015 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Abstract: India is the world’s largest user of groundwater, and North Indian […]
Catch me for one date only in an exclusive appearance for RGS-IBG at Exeter University. September 2nd, 14.40 Forum Seminar Room 2. I’ll be talking about this: Underground water: techno-political […]
Two recent pieces on Delhi’s ‘water mafias’. A very nice piece by Aman Sethi, who I met a couple of times during the writing, which highlights the groundwater, governance and […]
I was asked to write something on water for a series at SouthAsia@LSE. This is mainly about discretion in urban services and the blurring of public and personal power in […]
Tilak Bridge, near Pragati Maiden – one of Delhi’s many modernist masterpieces.
AAP 2015 election campaign materials from south Delhi; banners, posters, auto-rickshaw quiz. Really only of interest to people studying political campaigns and communications!
Nearly a quarter of India’s capital city still depend on the city’s water tankers – being unserved by the cities piped supply. But, what, if anything, can we learn from […]
कबीर तम्बुओं में लगे एक स्कूल के पास से ग़ुजर रहा था| एक ख़स्ता हाल तम्बु के नीचे बैठे बच्चें को एक मास्टर ने हिसाब पढ़ाते हुए सवाल किया- “अगर […]
How exactly does ‘urbanisation’ happen? What happens to what was there before? If planning is haphazard and infrastructure lags how can these issues be dealt with later? Can we compare […]
Some pics of the murals at JNU… You can see more images and learn about the university’s mural tradition here.
I’d seen Mehrauli on the map so many times I wanted to see what it was like… While roaming about […]
Sure you can go jogging in a park – but what if you want to broaden your exercise routine? Well, Lodhi Gardens is not only beautiful (see pic) and well […]
The Loo (Hindi: लू, Urdu: لو, Punjabi: ਲੂ) is a strong, hot and dry summer afternoonwind from the west which blows over the western Indo-Gangetic Plain region of North India and Pakistan. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/dust-storm-leaves-14-dead-in-capital-west-delhi-reels-under-power-cuts/article1-1224820.aspx
वसंत रेल गाड़ी आती है और बिना रुके चली जाती है जंगल में पलाश का एक गार्ड लाल झाड़िया दिखाता रह जाता है Spring Train is coming […]
Something I wrote for Guardian’s Comment is Free. Ok, so water’s maybe not _the_ key issue – but I thought I’d have a shot at arguing it’s relevance… http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/22/water-decide-indian-elections-aam-admi I’m […]