Monday, February 11, 2008

The city is central to India's future

Writing in Indian Express, Pratap Bhanu Mehta reminds us that the city is central to India's future.

We know that urbanisation taking place at a fairly good pace (though not as fast as it would be if the cities worked well). How might the importance of cities bubble through into the political discourse? One element of this could be redistricting: As the mass of people in cities goes up, the number of MPs and MLAs from urban constituencies would go up. I wonder whether India is well placed in terms of the algorithms for redistricting. And, I wonder whether these processes correctly take into account the large numbers of people who live in the urban sprawl that extends for many kilometres outside all cities, outside the old administrative boundaries of the city.

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