The Problématique of Envisioning the Ideal Delhi
This brief chapter is an exercise in critical conjecture and is also meant to be an exercise in intellectual pessimism following Gramsci. I attempt to argue that inequality and segregation in the city not only frustrate the possibility of it becoming an ideal place, but also obstruct the vision for an alternative image of the city. The chapter traverses the difficulties of imagining the city as a truly inclusive space when it is riddled with contradictions arising out of alienating forces of commodification, fetishization, and consumption on the one hand; and impulse for survival, justice, collectivities, realization of dreams, and pursuit of happiness on the other.
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