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Housing No Hope for the Poor

Amitabh Kundu Shelter for the Poor in India edited by Michael Dewit and Hans Schenk; Manohar, New Delhi, 1989; pp 147, Rs 135. FOR several reasons this is a useful and an interesting addition to the current literature. Useful because it is not a mere collection of seminar papers, written under pressure to meet a deadline, the likes of which we have seen in plenty in recent years. In the present volume, each paper, contributed, all except one, by young Dutch scholars, is a chapter on a specific theme and the eight papers together present a comprehensive view of the major issues in the subject. Interesting because it makes a departure from the market-oriented thinking, which by now has become the dominant viewpoint in the field, and makes a critical appraisal of the latter using empirical data.

National Commission on Urbanisation-Issues and Non-Issues

Issues and Non-Issues Amitabh Kundu The National Commission on Urbanisation is very eloquent about the problems of the urban poor and the inequities of the existing urban systems. However, the commission's recommendations will have the effect of accentuating the segmentation of our cities into rich and poor localities and tilting the flow of resources further in favour of the former.

Does National Housing Policy Answer the Housing Question

With regard to utilisation of TB beds in the GTB Hospital it has not significantly changed in the last one decade (Table 3). It is clear from table 3 that the number of patients using each bed of the GTB Hospital and the average stay of the patient in the hospital has not shown any radical change since 1975.

Migration, Urbanisation and Inter-regional Inequality- The Emerging Socio-Political Challenge

Migration, Urbanisation and Inter-regional Inequality The Emerging Socio-Political Challenge Amitabh Kundu The migration pattern over the past two census decades shows significant changes, the most important of which is the declining rate of migration over time in both rural and urban areas

Urban Planning at Crossroads

Urban Planning at Crossroads Amitabh Kundu AFTER three decades of planned development in a mixed economy, a new understanding seems to have dawned on the Indian planning scene. Planners and policy-makers at the highest levels have suddenly come to realise the difficulties of "substituting the decisions of thousands of people as they live, work and play in a city by the decisions of any omini- cient planning authority". One of the Task Forces set up by the Planning Commission has admitted: "We simply do not know enough to do it efficiently". The simmering discontent and dissatisfaction regarding the efficacy of planned resource allocation in various sectors of the economy, specially urban development, has suddenly burst out in the open. The government machinery with its accum- mulated experience of the past thirty years is now ready to concede the supriority of market forces in providing the right kinds of checks and incentives for the economic system and is willing to impose "limits to its own planning efforts".

Theories of City Size Distribution and Indian Urban Structure-A Reappraisal

Theories of City Size Distribution and Indian Urban Structure A Reappraisal Amitabh Kundu Computation of urban growth for the six size categories, using their respective population from different censuses, when the towns in these categories vary widely at different points of time, has created a false alarm regarding the high growth of large towns in India. However, the quick calculations attempted by scholars claiming to correct this flaw and to establish an absence of size-growth relationship, does not seem to be free from methodological or other errors.


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