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Unveiling Urban Realities: Navigating India's Blind Spot by Devashish Dhar


India’s Blind Spot: Understanding and Managing Our Cities

Author: Devashish Dhar

Published by Harper Collins

Genre: Urban Development, Policy, Non-Fiction

Pages: 408

MRP: Rs. 899/-


Thank you HarperCollins India for a review copy of the book.


India is a country of paradoxes. On one hand, it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a young and dynamic population. On the other hand, it is also one of the most urbanized nations, with a large and diverse urban population. Yet, despite the importance of cities for India's development, there is a lack of understanding and appreciation of the challenges and opportunities that urbanization presents. This is what Devashish Dhar calls India's blind spot.


In his book, India's Blind Spot: Understanding and Managing Our Cities, Dhar exposes the denial of urbanization in Indian policy and its consequences for the nation's progress¹[1]. He argues that India's cities are not only crucial for its economic growth, but also for its social and environmental well-being. He also asserts that India's cities will have a significant impact on the global political-economic scenario in the coming years. Therefore, he urges the readers to recognize the importance of understanding and managing cities effectively.


Dhar's book is not just a critique of the problems that plague Indian cities, but also a source of solutions and innovations]. He covers a wide range of topics, such as governance, infrastructure, land, economy, water, flooding, traffic, green spaces, public spaces, safety, and the marginalization of the urban poor, migrants, and vulnerable communities. He provides policy recommendations and innovative approaches to tackle these issues, based on his extensive research and experience. He also emphasizes the need for citizen participation and engagement in shaping the future of cities.


Dhar's book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of India and the world. It is written in a clear, concise, and engaging manner, with real-life examples and anecdotes that make the concepts relatable and interesting. It is also a holistic and balanced book, that considers the economic, social, and environmental aspects of urban development, and advocates for a more integrated and inclusive approach. It is a book that challenges the readers to think beyond the conventional wisdom and to envision a better future for Indian cities


India's Blind Spot is a book that deserves to be read, discussed, and acted upon by policymakers, urban planners, academics, and concerned citizens alike. It is a book that reveals India's blind spot towards urbanization, and provides a roadmap for creating vibrant, inclusive, and resilient cities in the years to come.

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