ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Identity and Exclusion in India's Cities

The dark side of urban development is generating tensions of the kind that recently surfaced in Mumbai.

The tirade earlier this month by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) against the “north Indians” in Mumbai, which ended with the farce of an arrest and the release on bail of the party chief, Raj Thackeray, brought back memories of Shiv Sena at its height of influence.

Quite understandably, the MNS action is seen as a desperate attempt by its leadership to attract a following in Mumbai and the other cities of Maharashtra. By taking a Marathi chauvinist position, the MNS has once again tried to dent the Shiv Sena in its own bastion. But while the political calculations continue to make the rounds, three serious issues are involved in the episode, issues that nobody wants to grapple with.

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