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About Ayona Datta

Ayona Datta is Associate Professor in Citizenship and Belonging at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are in the social and cultural processes shaping notions of gender, identity and urban citizenship. Twitter: @ayonadatta

Articles by Ayona Datta

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Smartness Inc.

The powers behind India’s first ‘smart city’ tell us that “land is not an issue”. But with the neoliberalisation of space comes a disturbing transformation of citizenship via data and real estate.

City forgotten

Watch: Through the eyes of residents, local activists and civil society members, 'City Forgotten' tells the story of Malegaon’s fall from what was once the 'Manchester of India', to a town blighted by communal violence and in serious decline. (15 mins)

City bypassed: the casualties of Mumbai's urban renewal

Watch: A short film exploring Mumbai's urban renewal as seen from Byculla, a multicultural inner-city neighbourhood symbolically and physically bypassed by road infastructure projects in Mumbai's race for global city status (13 mins).

The myth of resettlement in Delhi

Since 2000, activist groups across India have sought to defend slum communities from dispossession in favour of 'participatory' resettlement on the urban periphery. The popularity of such reasoning has lead to the myth that squatters prefer resettlement to illegality, denying squatters a right to remain and masking the real, everyday exclusions in the lives of the resettled.

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