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Today's Topics:

   1. 9.2.2002: Negotiating for Participation (Mumbai Study Group)
   2. Research for Whom? (PUKAR)


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 00:03:36 +0530
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From: Mumbai Study Group <kshekhar at bol.net.in>
Subject: [Announcements] 9.2.2002: Negotiating for Participation

Dear Friends:

In our next session, the day before elections to the Municipal 
Corporation of Greater Bombay, we welcome NAVTEJ K.B., who will speak 

This talk will be in two parts, both addressing key issues of local 
governance in Mumbai, in the context of the coming election. The 
first part will be on the 74th Amendment to the Indian Constitution, 
key aspects of decentralisation, the concerned state-level 
legislation on the 74th Amendment and its implementation through Ward 
Committees at the local level. The participation of non-governmental 
organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) in Ward 
Commitees, their membership and their functioning. The second part 
will be on how NGOs influence the process of decision-making on the 
implementation of the 74th Amendment, the participants in the 
implementation and their various interests.

NAVTEJ K.B. has worked with a number of voluntary organisations and 
community-based organisations in Mumbai in various positions 
including that of Director, Coordinator of Projects and Programmes 
and as a consultant and trainer on issues of housing rights, gender 
rights, and other urban issues for the past twelve years. She 
completed her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Social Sciences from 
the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai. She recently 
finished her Master's Degree in Urban Management from the I.H.S., 
Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 2001, where she 
completed her thesis on ward committees and decentralisation in 
Mumbai in the context of the 74th Constitutional Amendment.

This session will be on SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2002, at 10.00 A.M., on 
the SECOND FLOOR, Rachna Sansad, 278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, 
Prabhadevi, Mumbai, next to Ravindra Natya Mandir. Phone: 4301024, 
4310807, 4229969; Station: Elphinstone Road (Western Railway); BEST 
Bus: 35, 88, 151, 161, 162, 171, 355, 357, 363, to Ravindra Natya 
Mandir, 91 Ltd, 305 Ltd, A1 and A4 to Prabhadevi.



23 FEBRUARY 2002
"Mumbai Modern"
by Dr Carol Breckenridge, University of Chicago Dept of History, 
Chicago, U.S.A.

9 MARCH 2002
Film Screening of "Jari-Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories"
Discussion with Surabhi Sharma, Producer and Director

23 MARCH 2002
"Girangaon: The Past, Present and Future of Mumbai's Textile Mills 
and Mill Workers"
Participants to be Announced

13 APRIL 2002
"Gender and Space in Mumbai"
by Shilpa Phadke, Visiting Lecturer in Sociology, Nirmala Niketan 
School of Social Work, Mumbai
and Neera Adarkar, Architect, Adarkar Associates, Mumbai

27 APRIL 2002
"Food Security in Mumbai and Thane: A Study of the Rationing Kruti Samiti"
by Mayank Bhatt, Journalist and Research Associate, Institute of 
Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K.


The MUMBAI STUDY GROUP meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of 
every month, at the Rachana Sansad, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, at 10.00 A.M. 
Our conversations continue through the support extended by Shri 
Pradip Amberkar, Principal of the Academy of Architecture, and Prof 
S.H. Wandrekar, Trustee of the Rachana Sansad.

Conceived as an inclusive and non-partisan forum to foster dialogue 
on urban issues, we have since September 2000 held conversations 
about various historical, political, cultural, social and spatial 
aspects of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Our discussions are open 
and public, no previous membership or affiliation is required. We 
encourage the participation of urban researchers and practitioners, 
experts and non-experts, researchers and students, and all 
individuals, groups and associations in Mumbai to join our 
conversations about the the city.The format we have evolved is to 
host individual presentations or panel discussions in various fields 
of urban theory and practice, and have a moderated and focussed 
discussion from our many practical and professional perspectives: 
whether as architects or planners, lawyers or journalists, artists or 
film-makers, academics or activists.Through such a forum, we hope to 
foster an open community of urban citizens, which clearly situates 
Mumbai in the theories and practices of urbanism globally.

Previous sessions have hosted presentations by the following individuals:

Kalpana Sharma, Associate Editor of The Hindu; Kedar Ghorpade, Senior 
Planner at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority; Dr 
Marina Pinto, Professor of Public Administration, retired from Mumbai 
University; Dr K. Sita, Professor of Geography, retired from Mumbai 
University, and former Garware Chair Professor at the Tata Institute 
of Social Sciences; Dr Arjun Appadurai, Professor of Anthropology at 
the University of Chicago, Director of Partners for Urban Knowledge 
Action & Research (PUKAR), Mumbai; Rahul Srivastava, Lecturer in 
Sociology at Wilson College; Sandeep Yeole, General Secretary of the 
All-India Pheriwala Vikas Mahasangh; Dr Anjali Monteiro, Professor 
and Head, and  K.P. Jayashankar, Reader, from the Tata Institute of 
Social Sciences Unit for Media and Communications; Dr Sujata Patel, 
Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, University of Pune; Dr 
Mariam Dossal, Head, Department of History, Mumbai University; 
Sucheta Dalal, business journalist and Consulting Editor, Financial 
Express; Dr Arvind Rajagopal, Associate Professor of  Culture and 
Communications at New York University; Dr Gyan Prakash, Professor of 
History at Princeton University, and member of the Subaltern Studies 
Editorial Collective; Dr Sudha Deshpande, Reader in Demography, 
retired from the Department of Economics, Mumbai University and 
former consultant for the World Bank, International Labour 
Organisation, and Bombay Municipal Corporation; Sulakshana Mahajan, 
doctoral candidate at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban 
Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A., and former 
Lecturer, Academy of Architecture, Rachana Sansad; Dr Rohini Hensman, 
of the Union Research Group, Mumbai; Mrs Jyoti Mhapsekar, Head 
Librarian, Rachana Sansad and Member, Stree Mukti Sanghatana.

Previous panel discussions have comprised of the following individuals:

S.S. Tinaikar, former Municipal Commissioner of Bombay, Sheela Patel, 
Director of the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres 
(SPARC), and Bhanu Desai of the Citizens' Forum for the Protection of 
Public Spaces (Citispace) on urban policy making and housing; Shirish 
Patel, civil engineer and urban planner, Pramod Sahasrabuddhe and 
Abhay Godbole, structural engineers on earthquakes and the built form 
of the city; B. Rajaram, Managing Director of Konkan Railway 
Corporation, and Dr P.G. Patankar, from Tata Consultancy Services, 
and former Chairman of the Bombay Electric Supply & Transport 
Undertaking (BEST) on mass public transport alternatives; Ved Segan, 
Vikas Dilawari, and Pankaj Joshi, conservation architects, on the 
social relevance of heritage and conservation architecture; Debi 
Goenka, of the Bombay Environmental Action Group, Professor Sudha 
Srivastava, Dr Geeta Kewalramani, and Dr Dipti Mukherji, of the 
University of Mumbai Department of Geography, on the politics of land 
use, the city's salt pan lands, and the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) 
Act; Nikhil Rao, of the University of Chicago Dept of History, 
Anirudh Paul and Prasad Shetty of  the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi 
Insitute of Architecture, and members of the various residents 
associations and citizens groups of the Dadar-Matunga, on the 
history, architecture, and formation of middle-class communities in 
these historic neighbourhoods, the first suburbs of Bombay.


We invite all urban researchers, practitioners, students, and other 
interested individuals to join us in our fortnightly conversations, 
and suggest topics for presentation and discussion. For any more 
information, kindly contact one of the Joint Convenors of the Mumbai 
Study Group: ARVIND ADARKAR, Architect, Researcher and Lecturer, 
Academy of Architecture, Phone 2051834, <adarkars at vsnl.com>; DARRYL 
D'MONTE, Journalist and Writer, 6427088 <darryl at vsnl.com>; SHEKHAR 
KRISHNAN, Coordinator-Associate, Partners for Urban Knowledge Action 
& Research (PUKAR), 4142843, <kshekhar at bol.net.in>; PANKAJ JOSHI, 
Conservation Architect, Lecturer, Academy of Architecture, and PUKAR 
Associate, 8230625, <pjarch at vsnl.com>.


Message: 2
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 17:14:14 +0530
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From: PUKAR <pukar at bol.net.in>
Subject: [Announcements] Research for Whom?

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 --></style><title>Research for Whom?</title></head><body>
<div>Dear Friends:</div>
<div>The SNDT Women's University Department of Sociology,</div>
<div>SPARC (Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres)</div>
<div>and PUKAR</div>
<div>cordially invite you to</div>
<div><b>RESEARCH FOR WHOM?</b></div>
<div><b>The Role of New Knowledge in Urban Transformation</b></div>
<div>a public lecture by</div>
<div><b>DAVID SATTERTHWAITE</b></div>
<div>chaired by:</div>
<div>Sheela Patel, SPARC</div>
<div>with respondents:</div>
<div>Kalpana Sharma, The Hindu</div>
<div>Rahul Mehrotra, Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI)</div>
<div>Saturday 9 February 2002</div>
<div>4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.</div>
<div>Commitee Room</div>
<div>SNDT Women's University Main Building, Ground Floor</div>
<div>Nathibai Thackersey Marg/New Marine Lines</div>
<div>Churchgate, Mumbai 400020</div>
<div><font color="#000000"><b>David Satterthwaite</b> is the Director
of the Human Settlements Programme at the International Institute for
Environment and Development, (IIED), London, U.K. and is editor of
the&nbsp;international journal Environment and Urbanization. A planner
by profession, with a doctorate in social policy from the London
School of Economics (LSE), he has a particular interest in forms of
research that help change the policies and practices of governments
and international agencies in regard to urban poverty. He co-authored
the book Squatter Citizen with Jorge Hardoy (Earthscan, 1989) and was
principal author of the An Urbanizing World: Global Report on Human
Settlements 1996 (published by Oxford University Press for the United

PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action &amp; Research)<br>
P.O. Box 5627<br>
Dadar, Mumbai 400014, India<br>
E-Mail &lt;pukar at bol.net.in&gt;<br>
Phone +91 98200.45529, +91 98204.04010<br>
Web Site http://www.pukar.org.in/</div>


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