The Urban-ism is often spoken in line of inclusive accent, however in democratic India; the inclusiveness principally represented the view of liberal elite, assuming the authority on aspiration of proletariat mass. The most triumphant political transformation in recent time, the dramatic & historic change at center sees the surfacing of yet another class, that so far lay principally disregarded within the fold of middle class, transcending the electoral paradigm , perhaps largely described by non-English speaking mass aspired impatiently to move from the clutches of margins. The argument may not receive accolade from many quarters, but it has built class barriers in India. The divide is deeper and culturally widening. The definition of liberals and narrow-minded has drawn archetypical characteristics & world viewed on our planning mission and urban development.
The group that dwells outside the definition is self proclaimed intellects, loading themselves with blocks of gender, class, region, community and religion with superficial focus & subject of examination as a playing field. Such views on equity on planning process pushes the other margin issues to further marginalization. Attempting to address urban problem with such framework, the worldview of liberals have rendered the cultural mainstream as illegitimate process, while every instinct of such class is branded as communal and chauvinistic.
The liberal seeks for injustice and discriminations, while from cultural perspectives these issues are margins and alien. The liberal devours the cultural transect into moral surrender. The urban India is far from equity and inclusive, drawing political industry and policy makers, creating patronage and antagonist. The imported ideals of inclusive are becoming vehicle of local cynicism & platitudes. The planning commission to large cultural mainstreams is a symbol of power and self. The metaphorically the institutions and academics are trapped within the same framework, evoking rage among the passive majority.
The planning commission has largely perceived as elite affair and window to global world, transcending nation into notion. The democracy dancing on its inclusive tunes, ideals that perhaps may not have cultural resonance with vast Indian reality.
Leave a Reply