The unprecedented bouts of violence that ravaged Bombay in December 1992
and January1993 raised agonizing questions about how such a disaster could
have occurred in India's modern metropolis. This book identifies the key
characteristics of the city and explores the processes that have led to its
conspicuous successes and hidden conflicts. The three main themes treated are
about and enterprise; claims on land, housing, and health; and politics and
populism. The contributors deal with the city's present, as well as with its roots in
the recent and colonial past.
A poignant and moving statement on what constitutes the reality that is Bombay
today the contribution stand out in terms of their commitment to the city and the
traditions it have so long represented.
Displays fine scholarship, weaving the past history of the city into the framework
of the most recent events mirrors the inner life of the city Business Standard.
About the Author:
Sujata Patel has been Professor and head, Department of Sociology,
SNDT Women's university, Bombay, since 1992. her books include Bombay:
Mosaic of Modern Culture (co-edited with Alice Thorner). And the making of
Industrial relations: Ahmedabad Textile Industry 1918-39
Alice Thorner Lived in Bombay for seven years in the 1950s and has
been involved in numerous research project in India. Her publications include
Land and Labour in India (co-authored with Daniel Thorner)
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