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Governing urban India

On the inability of governments to fathom the governance needs of urban India
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First Published: Mon, Dec 31 2012. 12 12 AM IST
Protesters at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Jasjeet Plaha/Hindustan Times
Protesters at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Jasjeet Plaha/Hindustan Times
If there is one failure that is obvious after the recent gang-rape incident in New Delhi, it is the inability of governments to fathom the governance needs of urban India.
In the past one decade, India has urbanized at breakneck speed. So much so that today the country is one gigantic urban continuum interspersed with rural areas instead of the other way round. The situation that prevailed since 1947 has altered dramatically.
This change, however, has not altered the rural centric nature of governance. Virtually all the plans, schemes and projects are designed in a fashion as if India continues to be a land of villages. The virtual lockdown of Delhi in the past days resembled the bandobast days of yore. That’s counterproductive in this age.
Sensitizing the police—which ought to be trained in local government functions instead of merely wielding the lathi—is just one part of what needs to be changed.
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First Published: Mon, Dec 31 2012. 12 12 AM IST
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