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

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From 50 Years Ago: Linkage Analysis of Indian Urban Politics

Vol VII, No 25 JUNE 17, 1972

Linkage Analysis of Indian Urban Politics

Rodney W Jones

Social science research on South Asia has recently turned with serious interest to the effects of urbanisation and its relationship to economic and political modernisation—a welcome though somewhat belated development. With four-fifths of the population living in rural areas, this predominantly agricultural region has yet to feel the effects of massive urbanisation. But if Kingsley Devis is correct, if the patterns of urbanisation experienced by the most industrialised countries are to be repeated in fundamentally the same forms in Asia, its demographic shifts are likely to produce social convulsions and political pressures on a colossal scale and precipitate problems of a magnitude that would strain the resources of even the most resilient political systems.

Although it is on the national level that the effects of urbanisation reach their climax, the process will be shaped in important ways by conditions at lower levels of the political system. More­over, it is at the local level, and particularly in the cities, that the political changes resulting from urbanisation are likely to manifest themselves first. Consequently, much of the new and significant political research in South Asia will be microanalytical and based on the cities.


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