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Liminal Spaces

Sporadic but virulent racial attacks on African nationals in public spaces contradict the ongoing metanarratives of ascendant India-Africa political and economic relations. This article affirms that the Indian people at large and the Government of India have remained steadfast in their condemnation of such xenophobic attacks. Increased people-to-people interactions through the arts, education, state media, and shared cultural festivals will promote greater intercultural understanding and buttress the long-standing Afrasian connections.

Connections between India and South Africa

Contemporary India and South Africa: Legacies, Identities and Dilemmas edited by Sujata Patel and Tina Uys, New Delhi and UK, Routledge, 2012; pp x+ 318, Rs 795.

South Africa and India: Shaping the Global South edited by Isabel Hofmeyer and Michelle Williams, 2011; Johannesburg, Wits University Press, pp vii-328, Rands 243.

Displaced from Private Property

Baseline data for planning the resettlement and rehabilitation of persons affected by the Mumbai Urban Transport Project lumped persons situated on private property with slumdwellers leading to protests and delays. This study, based on empirical research, confi rms that compensation offered was far below rightful entitlements and suggests that R&R should be a separate full-scale project in large urban settings.

Resettlement and Rehabilitation in Urban Centres

The World Bank's policy on involuntary resettlement carries a heavy rural bias as does the Indian draft rehabilitation and resettlement policy. The Maharashtra government's policy on the relocation and rehabilitation of those displaced by the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (partly financed by the World Bank) is therefore significant since it has evolved over the past few years in response to the protests about its initial inadequacies. The lessons learnt from its implementation are relevant not only for large infrastructure projects in densely populated urban areas in India but also in other parts of the world.

Aftermath of the Kenyan Crisis

The post-election political turmoil in Kenya reaffirms the need for democracies to work in an accommodative political framework that can address diverse and at times conflicting demands. This article analyses the repercussions of the post-electoral violence from a humanitarian and economic perspective in the regional as well as global context.

Sardar Sarovar Oustees

Dislodged from their ancestral lands and a self-sufficient lifestyle, the oustees of the Sardar Sarovar Project, a large number of them tribals, now scrounge for a living as wage earners. The numerous shortcomings in the implementation of resettlement policies and a lack of benefit sharing have left the displaced persons, especially women, worse off than before.

Migration to Democratic South Africa

Since the 19th century, South Africa's economy has been sustained by the migration of cheap labour from neighbouring countries. But the end of apartheid, the consequent search for a new national identity and the accompanying tensions of a nation in transition have also fuelled deep suspicion and hostility against such migrants, who are now viewed increasingly as 'aliens'.

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